Foster Planer Restoration #4: Let em fly boy's let em fly

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Blog entry by getlostinwood posted 12-03-2011 05:08 AM 1520 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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And she makes some very pretty shavings, not having ever made a paper thin curl with a hand plane (although the new GI is inspiring me to get started) I think the feeling and giggles that were coming out of me must be how the hand tool guys feel when they hit that zen moment. My daughter was laughing quite hysterically as I shoved wood in, measured it and then smiled an evil grin.

This may not be heaven but is pretty darn close. The chance to take a machine to the bare bones, clean it up, put it back together and then have it actually turn out long thin shavings just feels great.

I ran a piece of pine to start and took 1/2 inch down with no sweat so I reached into the pile of maple and sent it through again no sweat, not even a hint of bogging down. Man I love old tools. The next time you need a new tool I cannot reccomend enough that you consider and old tool.

Total cost
Planer – $100
Evap o rust – $40
Parts $36
Plywood $15
Wiring and plug $36
Bolts $3
Blade sharpening $34
Total $264

I did buy a woodriver blade setting jig certainly made things much easier. I have never set a blade in my life and in an hour I had the blades set.

Thank you all for your encouragment and I cannot thank Bob Holcombe in Kansas enough for all of his help and encouragement at each stage in this restoration.
Any body have any ideas for dust collection???

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#1 posted 12-03-2011 05:15 AM

Awesome save, I love it when a plan, er plane, comes together. Looks great, job well done. Congrats, may it serve you well for many happy years.

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#2 posted 12-17-2011 07:56 PM

Beautiful job on the planer.

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#3 posted 12-18-2011 02:09 AM

The more threads like this i read the more i want to refurb a couple of old dogs … a great save and a sweet lookin machine.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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