My 5 projects #4: A slight segue to a plane cleaning; my new Keen Kutter KK6c.

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Blog entry by derosa posted 05-08-2012 11:28 PM 1197 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Found this driving home at a roadside garage sale yesterday for the small fortune of 7.00.

I went over the thing in general and cleaned it up. I’d like to give the blade more of a polishing at a later date but for now focused on making it workable and clean. The blade is an actual Keen Kutter and does seem to be thicker then the hock blade I bought for my No5. Right off it works far better then my Stanley 6. A close examination of the mouth on this does show a beveling of the edge that matches the angle of the frog that my stanley lacks from the factory, turns out I need to take a file to that so the Stanley will work properly. So after some cleaning…

And for the money shot that everyone seems to want…

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#1 posted 05-08-2012 11:39 PM

Seven bucks? I sometimes spend that much on lunch, and I’m sure I get less than a percent of the satisfaction you got from that steal. You sir, are a keen hunter.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 05-09-2012 12:02 AM

Looks great! I love the Keen Kutter planes—both the earlier Bedrock variety and the later Sargent ones like you got. The later ones have the nice thick irons, like you pointed out. You got a great plane for a really great price! I hope you enjoy it.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 05-09-2012 12:37 AM

I name that one “Uncle Krusty” ... Howd you spot that thing from the road when it was at the bottom of the pond?

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#4 posted 05-09-2012 12:58 AM

I also bought 4 wooden clamps off of them that look almost unused. 2 craftsmen and 2 jorgenson that were 4.00 each. They said they had some other planes that are still buried so I’ll go back at the end of the week to check them out.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#5 posted 05-09-2012 08:01 PM

Nice find and good refurbish.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#6 posted 05-09-2012 08:04 PM

Derosa, is Dan aware that you are in possession of this Keen Kutter? He’s a KK fanatic. Do you find that the blades are uncommonly thick and beautiful? I’m becoming quite interested in this planes.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 05-09-2012 08:52 PM

The blade isn’t too beautiful yet but I’ll be giving it a nice polish sometime soon, just need to get more sandpaper. As for thick, I’ve got nothing to match it and with the weight of the plane behind that sized blade it does seem to power right through; it does make me want to upgrade all my others to something thicker.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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