plane restoration #1: Bambandle & Bambknob

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Blog entry by kolwdwrkr posted 02-24-2010 07:06 AM 1341 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been wanting to learn about planes for quite some time, and in my mind there isn’t a better way to learn about them then to restore one. I have always had a block plane, just a cheap one from the depot I believe. But I never had a need for it or any plane for that matter. But I’d like to venture into hand tools a little more. A few years ago I purchased a few sets of scrapers and taught myself a few ways to sharpen and use them. I like to use those, and use them for things they aren’t intended for too. They are a handy tool, and I don’t think I’d like to be without. So the question to myself has always been “what can I use handplanes for”. I intend on finding out. It is probably obvious to most of you, but I’m pretty sure I will come up with unconventional ways of putting them to use.
As I start this venture I want to thank A1Jim for sending me a few of his planes. Although the one I’m working on was a purchase from Ebay, I fully intend on “suping” them up and making them all users. I don’t want any tools in my garage that I can’t or won’t use. So Thank you Jim for your kindness, and I truly appreciate that you wanted to help me out with acquiring these tools.
So here is where I’m at with this restoration. I have only made the handle and knob at this point. The plane I am restoring is a cheap unknown brand. I wanted to learn on something that nobody cares about. Next time I will restore something a little nicer.

These are hand sculpted. I did not use the lathe to turn the knob so it’s not perfect.. (it’s crambed behind a project I can’t move). I had posted a question previously about running the grain Verticle instead of horizontle on the tote. The replies were to do it the “traditional” way so the toe portion wouldn’t be weak. Well, if it’s not going to break on the handle portion it will break on the toe, if not the toe then the handle. HAH! How about not at all. I decided to use 3 ply bamboo. So now I have it my way and your way. The bamboo is solid, but it is layed up so that the center is horizontle and the outer layers is verticle. I stained it with Van Dyke brown and then spayed lacquer. Lets see how long that will last. As always I welcome constructive criticism, positive or negative.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#1 posted 02-24-2010 07:12 AM

Looks good so far.

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#2 posted 02-24-2010 07:15 AM

They look great. your welcome keith

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#3 posted 02-24-2010 07:44 AM

Excellent work!

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#4 posted 02-26-2010 10:06 PM

OK Keith, You are inspiring me now. Lookin good!

Thanks for sharing


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