Transitional hand plane restore - just for the joy

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Transitional hand plane restore
just for the joy.

1. Shaves from the restored Transitional plane.
2. Closing up the holes, before I decided to go a step further.
3. Taking the plane apart.
4. Sanding it down, then dye, oil and wax.
5. Parts ready.
6. Testing with a smile.

A Union type 35 Smoothing plane 9” gets a new life.

Not much woodworking in this one, but had to share my joy since a transitional type were one of the few planes I did not have on my shelf’s.
These transitional hand planes are rare here in Scandinavia, so when I saw one at a local market at a fair price I had to bring it home with me.

In general I try to do as little as possible when I restore a hand plane but in this case I had to go a step further than I like, this because there had been worm in the plane at some point. Usually I don’t allow tools that have had worm attack into my shop, but this time I decided I would give it a chance, since the man I bought it from promised me it was over a long time ago… Still I started by spraying bug spray into each of the little holes, then seal the plane up in a plastic bag for a couple of weeks before looking at it again.

First step was to seal the worm holes.
Since this gave a contrast in the color I decided to go a step further than usual this time; to sand it down, repair all holes, then give it some dye, oil and wax. I used three different dye colors to get it how I wanted it, then Danish oil and finally a antique wax and then a bees wax to finish it. Also I cleaned up the metal parts with WD40, then gave it a layer of Camelia oil for protection.
The bed of the frog was cleaned to make sure I got a flat base for the iron and the chip breaker cleaned up where needed for good contact and the iron sharpened.
Now it was just to put it back together and give it a go, it works like a gem and feels good in the hand.
I have put it back in a sealed plastic bag and will leave it there for six months or so to make sure there are no live bugs or worms in it, if there are no holes or dust then, it will get a place with the other planes on the shelf’s.

Hope it can be to some inspiration perhaps restorations of some old wooden planes.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 06-07-2015 08:31 PM

Nice refurb! – could be on the cover of a magazine!

-- Greg Simon

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#2 posted 06-07-2015 08:49 PM

That is a really fine job.
Glad to get the little buggers out first. I hate little buggers.
Love the dark finish.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 06-07-2015 10:02 PM

Fine looking and working plane!! Another Mafe restoration proudly completed. Nice work, Mads!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 06-07-2015 10:22 PM

Beautiful job Mafe. I always thought this type of plane was a little ‘clunky’ looking, until I got one. Mine does not look any where near as good as yours. Great job.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#5 posted 06-07-2015 10:35 PM

That came out really beautiful Mads. I love the wood color and these are so unusual that they are well worth restoring. You must have a thousand planes by now, where do you keep them all?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 06-07-2015 11:02 PM

Beautiful restore!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 06-08-2015 12:01 AM

fantastic. Transitionals are my favorite type of hand planes to use.


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#8 posted 06-08-2015 12:22 AM


-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#9 posted 06-08-2015 01:25 AM

Nice restoration, this plane came out great and appears to function well. I understand what you mean when discussing the worm possibility, I trashed an Ebay purchase for that very reason. Shame to do it, but better than losing additional planes.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 06-08-2015 07:19 AM

Nicely done. Congratulations.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#11 posted 06-08-2015 07:54 AM

Lovely plan you got there!
At my time working at a museum i learned that this product is the way to go to stop insects. Just put on liberal amounts, let dry outside and the wood is safe

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#12 posted 06-08-2015 01:52 PM

Lovely, Mads. Great save.

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 06-08-2015 02:46 PM

Great work Mads!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 06-09-2015 04:36 AM

You need deworming powder for this .
Nice restore bringing that old plane back and giving it second life !


-- Kiefer

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#15 posted 06-09-2015 11:08 AM

Really nice re-store Mads.

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

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