Just some planes restored #23: Expect the unexpected.

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Blog entry by Don W posted 02-23-2014 06:53 PM 1710 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve gone through a few plane restores in the past. As time has passed I’ve learned a respect for the history and patina of some old and rare planes, but bringing planes back from the brink is still a lot of fun for me.

I don’t really have a good before picture of this plane, simply because it was never intended to be restored. My goal for this plane was to see if I could salvage enough beech out of the middle of the deteriorated mess to use for repairs on future plane restores.



It came from an antique store. I got this whole pile for close to nothing.



So the first thing I did was pop the handle off. It came off fairly easy and what was left came out in one piece. My next move was to run it through the planer. Starting very thin, I wanted to save as much of the beech as I could.

After the very first pass, my intentions started to change. I wish I’d taken a few more pictures along the way, but you can see the results.

I cut about a half inch off the front. I’ll save it because the name is on it. I wish it could have been saved in place, but I was very surprised I didn’t have to take a lot more off.

Its hard to make out, but I believe its Randall and Cook, Albany NY. There is not much online about them other then a few other vintage planes for sale. Everything I found was wood bodies, so I’m assuming they were early.

The cutter took a little work, but its a Maulson Bros. iron and is pretty hard. It was wedged in so hard I had to drive it out with a punch, which made sharpening even that much harder.

The plane could be put back into service, but I doubt I will ever use it. I think it deserves a rest and it will look nice with the rest of the wooden rescues I have collected.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#1 posted 02-23-2014 07:00 PM

First of all that’s a nice little “next to nothing” haul for sure. You, as always, did a damn fine job on that rescue, it certainly makes a great little piece to sit and look pretty, used or not. You haven’t earned the Yoda for no reason!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#2 posted 02-23-2014 07:20 PM

Excellent save, Don! The finished plane looks in better shape than the bench top…


-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#3 posted 02-23-2014 08:11 PM

Very nicely done!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#4 posted 02-23-2014 08:28 PM

Super job Don. I really like the work you did on the handle especially. You are a plane genius.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#5 posted 02-24-2014 04:34 AM

Making sumpin’ out of nuttin’

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#6 posted 02-25-2014 03:20 PM

Beautiful transformation.

Thanks Don.

-- ~Tony

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#7 posted 02-25-2014 03:54 PM

Don, as always, really nice work.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#8 posted 02-26-2014 01:20 AM

Thanks!! Sure beat just having a hunk of beech.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#9 posted 02-26-2014 02:00 AM

And another SAVE!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#10 posted 02-26-2014 04:43 PM

wow great work Don, turned out to be a beautiful plane!

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

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#11 posted 02-27-2014 06:56 PM

Nice work Don and a worthwhile save. You did a great job on the broken tote.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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