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Blog entry by nobuckle posted 690 days ago 1575 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I visited a local thrift store. While I was there I picked up an old wooden jack plane. Here it is;


As you can see it’s in pretty rough shape. I have to clean it up and make a new tote. The sole is not as flat as I’d like it to be and neither of the sides are square to the sole. I began to clean it up a bit and found a maker’s mark.
After some magnification and some investigation I discovered that it was made by J. Kellogg of Amherst Massachusetts. I came to this conclusion based on the shape and style of the mark. This website shows the marks used by James Kellogg.

The mark is located in the are circled.

The iron was made by the Humphreysville Mfg. Co.

After a bit of TLC I was able to clean up the blade and bring it to a nice keen edge.

Before I continue with this restoration I need some information. I need to know the best method for flattening the sole. I also need to know the best material to use to make a new tote. I think the plane is Beech but I’m not sure. Furthermore, I need to know if Boiled Linseed Oil is the only finish that one can use on a restoration of this type.

I look forward to your comments and suggestions.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"



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chrisstef

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#1 posted 690 days ago

Doug, ive been working on a transistional plane and needed to flatten the sole. I gave it a very very light pass on the jointer but stopped after one pass. If you get too deep it’ll open up the mouth too much. I went to sandpaper on glass just like a metal bodied. Litttle bit of 120 then to 220 and thats it. You can employ the method of pencil lines acroos the sole to see when its flat. I used BLO but i dont see a reason you cant use tung oil, walnut oil, or the finish of your choice. Id stay away from poly personally but thats just me.

BTW – i like the old woodie jacks, and the story behind it even more. Way to dig up the manufacturer info and savin it from the burn pile.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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KOVA

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#2 posted 690 days ago

PARA APLANAR LA BASE, LO MEJOR ES LA LIJADORA DE BANDA: LA BASE Y LUEGO LOS LATERALES A 90 GRADOS ;-D
TERMINACIÓN: UNAS MANOS DE CERA PARA QUE SE DESLICE SIN DIFICULTAD ;-D

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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nobuckle

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#3 posted 689 days ago

Here are some more pics.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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nobuckle

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#4 posted 689 days ago

I really appreciate the input all of you have provided. I am making progress with this restoration. I decided to use the sandpaper method to flatten the sole. Here is how it looks now.

I would still like to make the sides square to the sole but that would take away to much of the patina. Stay tuned for further updates.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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nobuckle

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#5 posted 689 days ago

Bill, to be more specific I prefer that the right side be square to the sole in order that I might use it in conjunction with my shooting board if need be.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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Don W

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#6 posted 689 days ago

Another one comes back to life. Nice job.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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WoodThings

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#7 posted 512 days ago

I don’t know much about planes except that I think yours looks identical to mine, color and all, and mine is also missing the tote which I’m currently making from oak. Mine is stamped “Ohio Tool Co” in the same location as your label. The stamp is in a straight line with the rectangular background pressed inward making the letters stand out to the same level as the rest of the plane. The name is in all caps, italics and with serifs. I have rubbed the plane with sun-bleached linseed oil and it brought out a dark color. I think the plane is of oak but I’m really not sure.

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Don W

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#8 posted 512 days ago

woodthings, i have some ohio tools info posted here. http://lumberjocks.com/donwilwol/blog/24091

I think its probably chestnut which looks a lot like oak.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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WoodThings

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#9 posted 512 days ago

Thank you Don W for the information on Ohio Tool Co. I read some of it and will read more later. I was interested that you commented that my plane is probably chestnut. I have no experience with chestnut and wouldn’t recognize it as lumber or as a tree.

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Don W

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#10 posted 512 days ago

I’ve never come across a production made US plane made of oak. I have seen several chestnut however. I’m certainly not a wood bodied plane expert, so its just more likely its chestnut, but no guarantee.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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mariva57

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#11 posted 509 days ago

Hello nobuckle,
in my forum you can see the restoration of my planers
hand.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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nobuckle

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#12 posted 508 days ago

Thanks for all of the positive feedback. Take care.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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Tugboater78

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#13 posted 387 days ago

I ended up with a similar plane recently haven’t found a maker on the body yet but the blade is By the same manufacturer in process of making it useful. Gonna use the 3 part BLO,wax,mos to clean up the wood and see about flattening the sole.

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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