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Project by GaryB posted 02-03-2009 01:46 AM 2149 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started out to refinish a 604, and 607 Bedrock plane for myself. Well things got a little out of hand and I ended up with a 604, 3 605’s, 2 607’s, and pieces and parts here and there. I refinished all but one of the 607’s (which was in the nicest shape of all of them) with all of the various parts I had on hand, making sure to stay consistent with the plane types. I will keep one type 6 604, one type 6 605, and one type 6 607 for myself, but instead of selling both type 7 605’s, and deal with the potential collector backlash on ebay, I decided to give them away to several very close woodworking friends as gifts. If you add up the dollars and time, I would not likely break even anyway. So, I decided to get a little more dovetail practice and make a box to put each plane in, and the box could be used to store the plane or used for another purpose (re-gift to a spouse?). I have not built many boxes, and they were harder than I expected, but learned a lot. The boxes are made from cherry with walnut plywood panels, and thin solid walnut for the lid trim. I did not like any easy or inexpensive hinge options, so I added a lip on the lid to fit inside the bottom which worked well. The shavings are from some left over cherry from the boxes, made with that actual plane. All of the planes cut wonderfully after a careful (and time consuming) tune. I will post some pics of my keeper planes after re-assembly.

Thanks for looking,

Gary B

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#1 posted 02-03-2009 03:12 AM

Gary, these look great! You can send mine to:

6155 Sweet Br…

Ok, just kidding… but seriously, great work!

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#2 posted 02-03-2009 04:23 AM

Very nice box, Gary.

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#3 posted 02-03-2009 04:43 AM

That is fantastic! If I could prove I was a long-lost cousin and my birthday was next week, could I have one? ;)

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#4 posted 02-03-2009 06:05 AM

Okay, put me on the list, too. I’ll send the shavings, if I can get those made, and you can do the box. This is another very timely project box for me since I have been working off and on trying to restore an old Shelton No. 6 that I think was sitting in a bucket of salt water for the past 50 years. Nostalgic thing… it was my dad’s and he had it before I was born, so it is over 60 years old. I hope I have some blade left after I try to get it sharp… Although, I did make some nice curls in pine on my last test. What do you use to finish the wood handles of an old plane? I’ve been working the 14 inch shoe using the sandpaper on glass routine. Where these things ever blued like in a gun barrel? It was a cheap plane, so I think it was painted black.

I have some cherry and walnut… but first I need to get to the Mason-Dixon woodworker’s session on how to hand cut dovetails… oh, the list grows long…

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#5 posted 02-03-2009 06:23 AM

Gary -

Funny how projects like that “get out of control”! Excellent plane restoration and kudos for the cherry boxes. It is amazing how exacting a project box construction is . . . they look deceivingly simple! You did a great job.


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#6 posted 02-03-2009 06:23 AM

Great work. They look brand new. Where is that friend signup sheet?

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#7 posted 02-03-2009 09:01 AM

Thanks for the kind words. I pretty much followed Johnny Kleso’s refinishing method from
His method uses engine paint for the body and frog, just shellac for the handles. Lots of sandpaper stuck to MDF on the table saw, carefully checking for flatness and squareness as you go. All in all, not too hard, just takes time.

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#8 posted 02-03-2009 11:39 PM

Very nicely done. I especially like the contrast between the cherry and walnut.

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#9 posted 02-04-2009 03:10 AM

I could only hope for a friend like you! Wonderful job on two unbelieveable and interesting gifts.

-- Bob Costello

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#10 posted 02-06-2009 02:42 AM

Boy, I wish I had friends like you! A most excellent gift!

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#11 posted 02-18-2009 03:39 PM

Wow – wonderful case, and the plane ain’t too bad neither!


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