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A #4 infill Smoother. Shop made

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Project by Don W posted 03-08-2015 07:47 PM 2862 views 2 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this out of a Stanley #4 base. The base was broke at the rear handle bolt. Its bedded at 55 degrees. It has a SW cutter.

The wood is locust (stained with ebony) and bloodwood.

The cap bolt is through the wood with 3 countersunk nuts on the back side. Don’t ask why 3, I don’t really know.

The finish is a quick coat of blo with a few hours to dry and a few coats of Shellac.

At this point I’d estimate I have about 12 hours into this project with the 2 days I have into it.

Thanks for looking.

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





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#1 posted 03-08-2015 08:15 PM

Wow. For a “broken” plane, that thing looks pretty dang nice!

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#2 posted 03-08-2015 08:43 PM

Nice work, Don. How’s the comfort of the knob with that shape?

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#3 posted 03-08-2015 09:00 PM

So far it feels comfortable. Once it’s completely dry I’ll put it through some more paces.

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

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#4 posted 03-08-2015 09:04 PM

That is pretty ‘out there’ Don. Great use of a broken plane.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#5 posted 03-08-2015 09:15 PM

to be honest Andy, I used scraps of the appropriate size. I really didn’t expect any of it to work. It came out way better than I expected. I like the way the cap screw came out. I wasn’t sure how I was going to make it. I may pick up a brass nut for it.

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

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#6 posted 03-08-2015 09:32 PM

Looks great, Don! It’s been a couple years since I last really did a big infill kick, so it is kind of fun this time around. We’ll see how many I get cranked out. My list is only about a doze long… :)

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#7 posted 03-08-2015 09:37 PM

That’s sharp looking, Don!
Woods look good to me!

Do you leave the casting portion that the knob attached to from the factory? Just curious since I’m building a similar plane now.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#8 posted 03-08-2015 09:40 PM


Do you leave the casting portion that the knob attached to from the factory? Just curious since I m building a similar plane now.

- terryR

I did on this one. I like to use the bolt when possible. Its for sure. I just rethreaded it to 1/4×20.

Picture added..

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

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#9 posted 03-08-2015 10:05 PM

Good save, and you have a “new” tool. But, will you have to refer to it as a Stanley #3½?

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#10 posted 03-08-2015 10:40 PM

Thanks, Don.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#11 posted 03-08-2015 10:46 PM

12 hour, huh? Seems like one could find another 12 hours between now ad August for a plane swap ;)

On this project though – great job. I am very impressed.

Is the ebony stain a store bought, or a homebrew?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#12 posted 03-08-2015 10:51 PM

Ebony stain is store bought.

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

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#13 posted 03-08-2015 11:48 PM

That is some kinda funky, Don! I like it. How difficult is it to drill the sides? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#14 posted 03-08-2015 11:59 PM



That is some kinda funky, Don! I like it. How difficult is it to drill the sides? Thanks for sharing.

- CFrye

Drilling cast is easy. Peening it can be stressful. I drill from both sides. I put a piece of tape down, start with a smaller hole, then remove the tape and reverse it. Double sided tape works best, but I didn’t have any, so I had to hold it on as I marked the second side.

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

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#15 posted 03-09-2015 12:52 AM

I like the wood combo, and it seems to make nice shavings. Well done!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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