Spiers Smoothing Plane - To Restore or not to Restore?

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Blog entry by johnnz posted 03-15-2009 03:38 AM 1145 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Lumberjocks, I have a Spiers smoother that I am not quite sure what to do with. Thought that someone out there might have some good ideas?

(I have a photo of the plane in “My workshop” as I haven’t had a play around with the photobucket function yet.)

It needs some work if it is to become functional as a smoothing plane but how much work is too much? I would like to have a functional Spiers plane but admitedly have several good Stanley and Norris smoothers so don’t really need one. I also don’t want to de-value the plane in any way.

The front infill has some splits and chips out of it, the rear infill shows loosening along the joint lines but is solid within the plane.

The spur is also missing off the tote. The blade has some life left. The lever cap moves but is very stiff and the iron body has surface rust over the sole and sides.

I am contemplating knocking the pins out and replacing the infill which will also allow me to inspect/ clean/ treat the areas where the infill touches the iron sides and sole.

The alternative is to try and conserve the infill by repairing the tote and front infill. This would be my preferred option as a previous owner has imprinted his name on the plane’s woodwork which is quite cool. The problem that I have is to try and get matching rosewood which would be virtually impossible here in New Zealand.

Also has anyone got any recommendations for a replacement parallel iron? I have a Hock iron in one of my Stanley which is great.

-- John

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#1 posted 12-12-2010 12:33 AM

Doesn’t look like you received an answer regarding your infill plane.

I am also interested in them, what did you decide to do?

Very impressed with your collection on your shop page!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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