Around the Shop #9: Sanding blocks made from Stanley plane parts.

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Blog entry by Don W posted 12-23-2012 05:18 PM 3474 reads 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I hate to throw anything away. I figured someday I’d think of something to do with the broken hand plane pieces.

These are all from un-restorable bases. Most of the knobs and totes are from pieces bad enough I wouldn’t put them back on a plane. I’m glad I found a use for them.

The largest one has an Ash inlay and I added a Ash tip to the broken rosewood tote. The front can be held similar to a wood bodied plane and seems very comfortable to use.

On the first small one I made a 1/4” x 20” brass nut out of some barstock similar to the Stanley, but in using it I found I grab around the knob so the rest I just used a wing nut. My hand never rode against the wing nut.

Next is a cherry tote with some defects so I didn’t want to put it on a regular plane. I made a blank brass filler to fill the hole.

I probably could have also used this badley repaired (no it wasn’t my repair) tote, but while the real was glued up, I used this for its trial.

A front view before final sanding. The Ash inlay was epoxied into the plane.

Thanks for taking a look!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#1 posted 12-23-2012 05:23 PM

Nice use of otherwise unusable parts.

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#2 posted 12-23-2012 06:10 PM

You always display a marvelous ingenuity! Keep the ideas and blogs flowing. Many of us will benefit.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#3 posted 12-23-2012 06:17 PM

Waste not, want not. Brilliant.

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#4 posted 12-23-2012 06:19 PM

I agree with Handtooler.I like the inlaid one.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#5 posted 12-23-2012 07:17 PM

You’ve got too much time on your hands Don. :o)

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#6 posted 12-23-2012 07:20 PM

Found a use for dead frogs yet Don ?
I’m using your idea on a dead sole as a holding place for sanding n’ such but that
burnt #5 is the only one of that I’ve got, X toes x toes, so far..
(and dead frog beer, sold here, dosen’t count !)


-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#7 posted 12-23-2012 07:21 PM

Bench time Andy. Next project starts the 7th.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#8 posted 12-23-2012 07:22 PM

Gotta love the bench. For me its the 14th.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#9 posted 12-23-2012 08:10 PM

great recycling :-)


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#10 posted 12-23-2012 08:21 PM

Good use of “stuff” Don. Sounds like some upcoming oohs and ahhs on the bench builds. Looking forward to it.

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#11 posted 12-23-2012 10:51 PM

that is really cool…great idea, but where are the motors…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 12-24-2012 12:10 AM

they are in the garage for an oilchange Grizz .. :-)

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#13 posted 12-24-2012 01:42 AM

Great idea Don Yoda!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#14 posted 12-24-2012 03:10 AM


-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#15 posted 12-24-2012 11:48 AM

Absolutely Brilliant Don

They also look neat, real curios.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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