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Blog entry by mafe posted 05-22-2010 03:16 AM 8231 reads 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi guys and girls of course…

Wooden fence, and tuning up a Record No. 50 plane (Stanley)
A little tuning up on one my no. 50 planes (I have 2 now).
Here are also a blog of how to make a new deep stop:

Why put a wooden fence?
Because it’s more gentle against the wood you are going to plane, and with a high fence like this, you can also hold a good 90 degree angel against the wood. You can make also a low one, that just holds the hight of the fence after.

Here they are, just good old tools waiting for some of that Lumberjock love!

First I’m changing the bolts for the fence rods, just into some finger friendly once, so I will not need tools to use tools…

Then fitting a ‘straight stick’, so I’ll have a helper to keep me working in level.
(I’ll post later about this in a new blog).

Time for the real job:
Cutting a rabbet in a hardwood board, her a piece of old floor I had in my scrap (I belive this is oak).
It’s important that it’s thick enough for the threaded inserts, if you are going to use that.
The rabbet have to have the hight of your fence.

Fitting the fence, here I found out I need a shoulderplane on my wishlist (I’m out bit all the time on E-bay, so stop bitting guys).

Cut to fit in lenght also.

Mark up the holes and be precise. (Twise). I use a pin to make a deep mark in the wood to help me after when I drill.

A little teorism to the old tool, the holes were to small for my finger screws.

This comes as it went!
Cut also a hole in the side of the wooden fence, where the shaves from the blade will come out, so they will not get stuck, but you can see this easy on the metal fence, so just copy that.

Here we are again, by the drill press, but this time with a new fence (for the drill press), and I take my time to set the stop, so the holes come exact. (otherwise you will have a mess to fit the bolts in the inserts after).

Mount the inserts.
You can perhaps look at this blog: to see my insert jig, wich will make it a lot easier.

Ok, yes I found some more fancy bolts in Paris…

Time to shape up! Rounding the corners a little.

Sanding. (And as you can see bolts are now cut in lenght).

Waxing with a good beeswax, it will preserve the wood, and make a smooth ride later.

And here she is, ready to ride!

Ohhhh, yes and this is why I decided to have two, it makes a lot easier when you don’t have to change the iron…

Hope it was usefull, should be able to be used on any plane that holds a wooden fence.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

5 comments so far

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#1 posted 05-22-2010 03:34 AM

Good fence

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-22-2010 07:06 AM

Niiice picturebook Mads thankĀ“s
I like the idea with the straight stick, great tip
may I suggest a longer fence wuold help a lot
when you have to start at the end of a board
to gain control imittely when you want to make a groove


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#3 posted 05-22-2010 09:17 AM

Great post Mafe. Starting the cut with this type of plane is always tricky and this should really help. I will get around to making a fence one day, but the idea with the vertical stick is great – I can do that immediately.

-- John

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#4 posted 05-22-2010 10:43 AM

Hi Dennis,
I’m aware of the idea in of longer fence, but I want to make a box for the plane, and since I want the box to be as small as possible the fence could be no longer than the planes body. If it will be a problem, I’ll make a longer one.
I learned to start the cut at the end of the wood and then to work your way back was the better way to do this, and tryed it with sucess, so here it don’t become a problem. Does anyone have good advice for that?
(Also the cutter are placed in the mittle of the plane / fence).
Thank you for the comments.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 05-23-2010 11:30 AM

Nice work Mads and a great how to blog for hand tool lovers.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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