Reclaimed Glory #5: Hand Plane Madness (its a real thing)

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Blog entry by palaswood posted 08-22-2013 06:08 PM 1170 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My first hand plane(s) arrived yesterday. A Stanely no 4C t13, and a handyman.

I quickly put them to a test on a discarded pine 4×4 covered in paint. Handyman took off the paint, and after a few strokes with the no4 the wood just glistened…

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#1 posted 08-22-2013 06:12 PM

I see you have a broken cheek on the plane in the photo. I have a Stanley no. 5 like that and it prefers perfectly well.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 08-22-2013 07:28 PM

Yeah, I didnt notice it when I bought it – but it works great and is solid as a rock. There’s no cracks whatsoever.

I’m pleased with it – I got both for $25 (+shipping).

I have been frequenting a dumpster in my company’s business park for weeks now because they so often leave old pine and fir boards with some rot and/or bug damage in there, and I finally found out it belongs to a property management company who do repairs on apartment complexes etc.

I introduced myself to a nice gentleman there and explained that I do woodworking and asked if he could possibly set aside any decent pieces he comes across. He said he was happy to – so I’m looking forward to what may come of this new relationship.

Generally speaking, I leave the termite hole boards, but pieces with rot on the ends can easily be cut down to produce some nice lumber. And its FREE.

Thats what that 4×4 is from in the pic above. Obviously.

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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