Canadian Stanley

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Project by kiefer posted 06-16-2014 02:10 AM 2044 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Found this Canadian made Stanley hand plane at the market and it is in pretty good shape but like any tool I own I had to play with it .
After a good clean and flattening the sole I sharpened the iron and gave it a run and it produced some nice shavings .
The only thing that was not to my liking was the way the handles fit my hands so I decided that a larger set of more comfortable and fitting handles is what it need .
The handles are made of walnut and cherry laminated and shaped with the band saw, rasp and spindle sander finished with sand paper to 220 grit and wax finish .
Since it is a Canadian made Stanley I thought putting a Canadian dollar coin in the front handle would be a nice touch and I sure like the way the handles changed the look .
The plane feels much better in my hands as it is a easier and less effort grip and is another tool in my hand tool collection that will get used and not used as a ornament .

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 06-16-2014 02:27 AM

Well done, Kiefer! Now your plane is a looney! Are you worried that the tote and knob will separate at the laminations under use?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#2 posted 06-16-2014 02:39 AM

You are right calling it a LOONEY and it is a beautiful Canadian coin .
The I think that the handles are much stronger because of the size then the originals and are less likely to break since they are laminated .
They sure are much more comfortable to grip as my hands don’t have to close as much around them .

-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 06-16-2014 03:00 AM

Very nice job!

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#4 posted 06-16-2014 03:05 AM

The Plane looks a lot different now, must say a lot better, getting close to that 1/2 thou shaving! Better get the newspaper ready!
I got the PMV11 blades for my 220 and #5, got to get them tuned up and working real soon.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 06-16-2014 03:22 AM

Nice job Kiefer. I have a couple of Canadian Stanley’s and they are fine planes. I like how you have made your own handles.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#6 posted 06-16-2014 03:30 AM

Thanks Andre
I think it improved not oly the look but the feel and comfort .
The blade that you got is certainly an option but I first want to build a wooden plane and just had the wood given to me and will check with you on those PMV 11 blades and may use them in the wooden plane .

-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 06-16-2014 03:34 AM

Hi Ruddy
Nice to see some one else has a couple of these Canadians .
Those handles sure are nice in the way they feel and kis a lot easier to grip .
Lets see some pictures of yours .

-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 06-16-2014 03:37 AM


I’m in the process of rehabbing several Ebay hand planes. Your plane will be a great example of something to strive for. One of my phrases in doing woodworking now is “What would Kllaus Kiefer do?”

Great Example to emulate!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 06-16-2014 03:43 AM

Looks almost like a Dr. Seuss plane.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#10 posted 06-16-2014 03:53 AM

Your personal touch adds a lot to it my friend.
Good work !

-- Eric, central Florida

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#11 posted 06-16-2014 04:09 AM

Sweet Klaus. I love it.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#12 posted 06-16-2014 04:45 AM

Nice find and a great improvement Klaus. I ‘m a firm believer in making tools to fit your personnel use.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 06-16-2014 08:06 AM

Nice work Klaus. Customizing any tool to work better for the user is always a big improvement and your Stanley looks very comfortable to use now.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 06-16-2014 10:31 AM

Its one of a kind now. And you can’t argue with those shaving.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#15 posted 06-16-2014 11:10 AM

Well done Klaus. It’s always better if things fit your own hands. Some fine ribbons there.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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