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Hand Planes #12: Sentimental plane restoration complete

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Blog entry by dsb1829 posted 2016 days ago 1064 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 2016 days ago

Looks like a good user to me.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Karson

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#2 posted 2016 days ago

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 karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Quixote

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#3 posted 2016 days ago

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.

Priceless.

Q

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

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woodworm

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#4 posted 2016 days ago

Great restoration job!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 2016 days ago

nice restore

-- making sawdust....

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#6 posted 2016 days ago

Nice restoration job.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Douglas Bordner

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#7 posted 2016 days ago

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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dsb1829

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#8 posted 2016 days ago

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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