1894 German hobel
hand plane – restored
I found what I believe is an excellent example of the German and Nordic traditional hand plane. It is simple made, no fancy details except from the fact someone took time to decorate a little. Its cut from one piece of wood, and the horn are simply mounted with a big nail. The interesting part except from this is that the iron has been modified at some point and an adjustable chip breaker mounted, and it was this that made me fall in love with it (yes I need professional help).
Found it on E-bay Germany and got it at 4.99 Euro / 6,81 USD. Fair price I think… (you can buy 52 of these for the price of one Lie Nielsen No. 4, funny thought after all).
The text was: ‘Uralter Hobel,datiert 1894.Ein schönes Stück mit kleinen Gebrauchsspuren’.
Quite good condition, but needed some love.
A broken part, fixed with a little rusty nail.
And I found four little worm holes so first step was to spray insect poison into these, and then I left it outside in the minus five for three days, this will kill the bastards if they were still alive.
Cleaning up the broken parts, don’t want to put new since I want history here.
The wedge is getting a shine and rust is removed.
The iron and chip breaker, a little rusty but nothing serious.
WD40, sandpaper and elbow grease.
Leave it over night for soak.
Detail from the iron, here you can see how it has been changed. It will keep an eye out for me now.
The modification of the iron is a long straight hole.
The adjustable chip breaker system, funny yes!
Here you see how it can be adjusted up and down.
And here after a cleanup, linseed oil, and a final coat of bees wax.
Notice how little wear on the back, someone have been kind not beating with a metal hammer.
The sole of the plane.
This plane have ´been working a lot I am sure, also probably been flattened again and again I will guess due to the big mouth opening.
I think I will give it a new sole at some point, to show it honor and to make a smaller or even adjustable mouth.
Still an old tool, but now with respect for the age.
Here the detail with the ornamentation and dating.
(Of course we never know, but it seems fair to trust the dating).
And here my latest buy from France, a wonderful little finger plane (like a violin makes plane), it came in a beautiful wood box, and with the original instructions, this is not going to be used a lot I am sure, it’s one of those that have more charm than usability.
I dedicate this little blog to our LJ Dennis who is fighting to restore a big load of old wood hand planes now.
Hope the blog can bring inspiration, or some old planes back to life…
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.