Hand Planes #12: Sentimental plane restoration complete

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Blog entry by dsb1829 posted 01-20-2009 04:53 AM 1849 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Back at the end of November my Father rolled into town. He had brought a truck-load of booty from California. Amongst the junk from my childhood was a N06 that had belonged to my Great Grandfather. It was rusted, missing the knob, tote cracked into about 4 pieces, and had not likely cut a shaving in more than 30 years. I really should have taken a picture as I received the plane. To date it is the crustiest plane that I have brought back to life.

edit 1/21 okay, I managed to dig up a partial before image
Here it is in the Evapo-rust and it gives some clue what I mean by crusty…

Okay, on with the show…

This afternoon I prepped a blade for it. It isn’t vintage. In fact the blade is from a type16 plane. But since I am cambering it heavily and using this No6 as a true fore plane I figured this is a moot point. The later planes have thicker irons which will work out adventaegously. Here is a shot of the cambered and sharpened blade. I may need to open up the mouth a bit to accomodate the thick shavings.

It didn’t clog with my testing this afternoon. If it bugs me I will adjust it. As it is I am impressed with the workings of this plane. It cleans up like a scrub, but has a lot more mass and stability. I think I will be spending plenty of quality time with this plane in the near future.

Near as I can tell this is a type6. I have restored it to close to mint parts and function.

Hopefully this tool will last a few more generations…

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 01-20-2009 05:20 AM

Looks like a good user to me.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 01-20-2009 05:27 AM

A great looking plane. You should have had some shaving hanging off the edges in the picdtures.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 01-20-2009 05:42 AM

I have a similiar tool that belonged to my grandfather.

While he’s been gone for many years, when I use the tool, I can reach back through time where he’s teaching me how to use it and I’m 9 years old again.



-- I don't make sawdust...I produce vast quantities of "Micro Mulch."

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#4 posted 01-20-2009 09:32 AM

Great restoration job!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 01-20-2009 10:48 AM

nice restore

-- making sawdust....

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#6 posted 01-20-2009 01:32 PM

Nice restoration job.

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Douglas Bordner

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#7 posted 01-20-2009 04:28 PM

Got my Granddad’s low knob No. 5, still at work for the third generation in our family. Just like they say, ”There’s no tool like an old tool.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#8 posted 01-20-2009 07:35 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. This plane is a hoot. It is my oldest and the only one that doesn’t have a reverse threaded adjuster. So I am adjusting it the wrong way more often than not.

I wish that I knew the whole story on the plane. Coming from sometime around 1890 my Great Grandfather was likely the 2nd or third owner of this plane. Wonder if it was a family tool prior to his ownership?

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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