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