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New sole on an old wood Jack plane #1: The operation as it went.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 06-06-2011 11:25 PM 7639 reads 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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New sole on an old wood Jack plane
The operation as it went.


I got this wonderful old Jack plane from England with a bunch of other wooden planes.
This guy needed plenty of love to become a plane again.
An ugly handle and someone did a terrible job when giving it dye.
So this guy spoke to my heart more than my eyes, he sort of screamed ‘help me’ and I felt for this old chap, that had probably done plenty of work for him to deserve some love again.


The poor guy almost lost his sole.
Someone had screwed him up…
And scratched his back.


How rude!


His mouth was also so open that you could use him as a mailbox.


So time for the butcher to work on that old fellow.


And here we are the sole separated from the body, and look what comes out in the open, a old repair, this guy have had first aid before, he seem to really hang on to life.


Old traces of story.


The handle almost fell of.
And I shaped it up a little, so it was less clumsy, but just a little as always I try to keep some of the history.


Handle reshaped.
A piece of hardwood, I think from an old pallet, you have to find out how thick by extending the bed angle down to where it will leave a closed mouth when the plane blade are in.


Run the wood through the planner and after the thickness planner a couple of times.


And planning the base (sole) of the plane.


Flat and old glue gone.


Finding the size.


Cut.


Now you can mark out and pare out the new mouth with a chisel, but I decide to wait with this part.


And go directly for the glue.
Use strong glue.


Clamp well.
Wait for the glue to be completely dry.


Time to pare out the hole for the mouth of the plane.
Make sure the plane is clamped firmly down to a straight surface, otherwise you will make tear out when you get through the material. (I clamped directly down on my table, so I have a nice hole where I did it…).
Notice the brown spot on the side of the plane, this is the evidence this plane has been used a lot in its time, since it is the track mark after where the thumb has rested.


The sides with a thin chisel.


Like so!


You get it?


Here the mouth after being opened.


Now time to test my new No. 4 ½ plane, and I must say I actually think it feels really nice, not so much the weight but the width of the base.


Time to work with that scraper to clean up the body.
Not too much, not too little, I want history to shine through after.


Clean.


That could be it!



_I will split the blog here for those with a slow connection, and continue in a part two .

Hope this blog can help to bring some old wooden planes back to life, this is my wish.

Best thoughts,
Mads

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



24 comments so far

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DaddyZ

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#1 posted 06-06-2011 11:32 PM

Nice Restore !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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Dennisgrosen

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#2 posted 06-06-2011 11:42 PM

nice blog with some great pictures as usual Mads
and ,ake a complete new sole ain´t the worst since a patch wuold take
the same amount of work to do , though I wuold have used thicker wood
and have it run over the jointer after the cheisel work …. but thats the way I wuold have done it
thank´s for bringing the life back to another plane :-)

take care
Dennis

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mafe

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#3 posted 06-06-2011 11:46 PM

Hi,
Dennis, look at part two and you will smile, I did what you want to do.
DaddyZ, merci!
Thank you both for the comments.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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Dennisgrosen

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#4 posted 06-07-2011 12:05 AM

that was fast with No. 2 you don´t give this blog time and credit enoff to live long very long :-(

Dennis

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lanwater

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#5 posted 06-07-2011 12:08 AM

Mads you really love what you do. It shows in your work.

When I read the title I went: Mads is going to forge some iron sole…
I am glad it’s wood.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Beginningwoodworker

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#6 posted 06-07-2011 01:19 AM

Mad, great job on repairing the plane.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 06-07-2011 04:50 AM

Beautiful job on that plane. It just needed loving care from someone like you to give it a new life.
Great series of pictures. Now I’ll look at the second part!.........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Jiri Parkman

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#8 posted 06-07-2011 08:15 AM

Everything looks simply when you do it. Nice job. Enjoy this plane. Thank for sharing.

-- Jiri

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Schwieb

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#9 posted 06-07-2011 12:23 PM

Nice work! Great photos!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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mafe

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#10 posted 06-08-2011 03:55 PM

Hi guys and girls (choose),
Ken, how are you my friend? Merci!
Jiri, this is so wonderful to hear, I always tend to think things are complex so I am happy I manage to simplify when I pass it on.
Jim, just wrote you on that second. ;-)
CJ, jubiiiii.
Ian, yes no blacksmith here even i would love to have a forge… Yes I do love it, no doubt.
Best thoughts and thank you for the comments,
Mads

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

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saddletramp

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#11 posted 06-08-2011 04:46 PM

merci beaucoup for another wonderful tutorial! Mads, you are amazing. I think that I’ve said that before but it is still true and I probably say it many more times in the future. ;^)

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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mafe

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#12 posted 06-08-2011 05:10 PM

Hi Bob, and I will thank you again and repeat I’m nothing but a curious child with too much energy, and life is so interesting, so much to learn.
The best of my thoughts,
Mads

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

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Napoleon

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#13 posted 06-11-2011 09:58 PM

Congratulations with the new/old plane :) it nearly slipped that i did not see it course it goes fast with all your new blogs.

looks like you fixed the plane with a piece of teak. Nice.

Well done Mads

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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Bricofleur

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#14 posted 06-14-2011 08:31 PM

Great job Mads. it really shows how you love tools. Does Caroline jealous?

I must admit this is the first time I see someone planing a jointer! ;-)

Thanks for sharing your work and your passion.

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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Bertha

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#15 posted 06-14-2011 08:48 PM

Wonderfull. You know what I might try my hand at? Dovetailing a new sole into one of these old boys. They can be had for next to nothing, have charm, and are just waiting for us!

And P.S. $50 will get you an iron from Japan Woodworker, to only add to the charm.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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