My Dad always kept a well used military rifle with a cheap scope sighted in and stuck away in the gun cabinet. Every year one of the neighbors, or neighbors kids would stop by wanting to borrow a deer rifle. Not wanting to let out one of his “good” deer rifles, he would gladly hand over the dully worn but fully functional piece put together for just that occasion.
Well, just in case somebody stops by my shop and want to borrow a #4 smoother, I thought I’d put together a plane for just this occasions. (it never really happens but it could you know). As with firearms, you can never have to many and you never ever let a good one out of your shop.
Off to the parts bin to find the right pieces to go together. I’m not sure where any of these parts came from, but I’m sure it was a parts plane here and there I picked up, maybe for a particular part, or maybe just because it was cheap.
The surprise to me was how well it works. I’ve shown here the shavings from a white oak piece I’ve used to make a plane body. I might not be able to lone this out after all.
-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com