Planes restored - Because I can. #12: How to repair a Bench plane knob with a base blow out.

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Blog entry by Don W posted 08-31-2014 09:28 PM 2040 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A pretty common break on a bench plane is the bottom of the knob being blown out. There typically isn’t enough surface area to glue a piece back on, so here is an alternative.

I show the repair done with a contrasting wood, but it can be matched if you’d prefer.


Here is how I repair them.


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#1 posted 09-01-2014 12:40 AM

I like the contrast better, you don’t have to worry about the grain and color matching. The 2 tone adds a nice effect.

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#2 posted 09-01-2014 12:47 AM

Great idea, Don. Looks terrific!

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#3 posted 09-01-2014 04:30 AM

Nice job Don! I like the contrast.

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#4 posted 09-01-2014 05:07 AM

Great job on the plane! I like the two tone look as well!
I did that recently with a handsaw tote and I think it looks good.

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#5 posted 09-01-2014 07:38 PM

Don that is a neat solution
It would stand out in a busy shop with lots o benches


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#6 posted 09-02-2014 12:32 AM

Well done Don.

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#7 posted 09-12-2014 05:59 PM

Looks great!

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