It's Just a Plane Handle

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Project by Bullet posted 04-15-2009 02:18 PM 1812 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got this plane from my dad, who got it from his. It dates to 1891 and cuts really smooooth…
Unfortunately, it had a broken handle. It was a fun project – and it allowed me to custom fit the handle to my hands.
I recently got an ‘30’s vintage Walker Turner lathe :) – so once that is up and running, I’ll turn a matching front handle.
The layers are bird’s eye, mesquite, “flame maple”, and English walnut. It’s finished with 5 coats of spray lacquer.

-- Anything is possible when you have no idea what you're talking about.

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-15-2009 02:41 PM

Nice job on the plane upgrade. I really enjoy seeing posts like this whereby old tools are given a facelift. And thanks for the story behind the upgrade as well. I have several hand tools that my father and grandfather used when they were active carpenters and enjoy the feeling that I get from using tools that they once held.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 04-15-2009 08:10 PM

Well, it certainly isn’t a plain handle!

-- Scott

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#3 posted 04-15-2009 08:22 PM

i did that on an old stanley, it is not that easy.. yours looks perfect.. i may have to redo mine with a better wood.

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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#4 posted 04-16-2009 02:46 AM

I Like It!!. Not only is it an exquisite handle, it also addresses the horn weakness inherent in making of one piece of wood (unless you can find that perfect crotch piece). Thank you for the inspiration.


-- Go

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#5 posted 04-16-2009 03:16 AM

A great looking job. make sure that you save the original knob. it’s probably rosewood. But the plane looks great and having everything match is just like having matching serial numbers.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 04-19-2009 07:13 PM

Gorgeous handle and fine Craftsmanship : )

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#7 posted 11-14-2009 05:24 PM

Out of fear of dropping a family heirloom, I’d shelf that plane someplace safe and use a beater. Something new, like from the 1920s. I hope you kept the original handle.

Now, if I found an identical plane at a flea market, I’d use it all the time.

Nice job on the handle.

-- Tony

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#8 posted 11-14-2009 07:05 PM

Any thought about making a matching knob for the front? It would be a great way for you to add to the heirloom for future generations.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 11-14-2009 07:07 PM

Looks great

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#10 posted 11-14-2009 07:26 PM

Great job! You will enjoy the feel and fit of your work everytime you use the tool.

-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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#11 posted 12-06-2009 12:39 AM

Nice work on the plane handle.

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