|Project by mafe||posted 06-07-2015 08:16 PM||2283 views||1 time favorited||18 comments|
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.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.