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Project by Wav posted 02-18-2016 05:36 AM 1261 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, so the project is a little more involved than just the woodworking, but I couldn’t show the work I did on the 2 Totes without them being mounted on the tool. I found this Plane in a bucket in an open shed. It had a missing handle and wasn’t in very good condition. i suppose I could have ordered a replacement handle, but the challenge was to make one from a piece of Rosewood I had stuck in a scrap bin after making the Tea Table. Since the original Front Tote was in such bad condition I turned a new one, which is a real challenge for me since i have very little experience using a Lathe. Wood turning is not something I attempt very often so I leave it to the experts most of the time. Both handles were made free handed using no patterns, just the idea in my head of a general idea of what i wanted. To most making these handles must seem like child’s play; but, to me they presented a big challenge making sure I had the proper angle for the fastening hardware, getting the right size hole and counter bore for the brass ferrules and the alignment pin, cutting a pocket in the handle for a snug fit and rounding the handle to make a comfortable grip. For a novice woodworker making these two handles were quite the undertaking not to mention restoring the tool in the process. Sure a new plane might have been less of a bother; but, as a woodworker I take as much pride in the tools i own as the things I can build with them.
Since Bench Planes can be knocked out of alignment when laid on it’s side and damage can occur to the Iron if the work bench is cluttered, I also made a padded tray for storage and rest between usage. Well, does it work? Well yes, I think it does. Quite well I might add.

-- Maddog Creations





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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 02-18-2016 05:57 AM

Dog, that is a wonderful restoration!!!! The photo from where you started to the final product show your talent and perseverance. I commend you for your hard work as I have struggled restoring hand planes like you. Your’s is a super nice restoration.

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murch

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#2 posted 02-18-2016 10:35 AM

Fine looking re-store. Looks like it’s as good as new & will last forever.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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TMH

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#3 posted 02-18-2016 04:40 PM

You should be very proud of your NEW tool. Awesome job making the Tote and handle from scratch and beautiful work on the restore. Old/restored hand planes are beautiful tools.

-- Theo's Grandpa Woodworking

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TMH

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#4 posted 02-18-2016 04:41 PM



You should be very proud of your NEW tool. Awesome job making the Tote and handle from scratch and beautiful work on the restore. Old/restored hand planes are beautiful tools.

- TMH


-- Theo's Grandpa Woodworking

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John

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#5 posted 02-18-2016 09:33 PM

Fine job. Bringing old tools back from the dead is very rewarding for myself as well. I don’t do it as much as I would like, and I really enjoy seeing other people’s efforts. That’ll last for another hundred years.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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Wav

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#6 posted 02-18-2016 11:31 PM

Thank you guys for the kind words and positive thoughts. When I found this tool, I could only imagine how it looked before it was basically discarded and allowed to waste away. This tool, along with the Hand Brace I restored after watching a video someone posted will be used and treasured for many years to come.
The restoration of the Hand Brace also required a new handle and there was nothing to work with there either. I ended up making a new handle using Stainless Steel and Phenolic. Of course the material had to be turned in a machine shop and it did make the tool heavier, which made the tool even easier to use.

-- Maddog Creations

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ronniebo

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#7 posted 02-19-2016 03:57 AM

Much better than new Madd,
How about you tell us how nicely it works and let`s see the swirls and curls.
Cheers
from Hobart
RB

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liljimy7

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#8 posted 02-19-2016 05:17 AM

GREAT restoration…..

-- JFS.brand (woodworker) Northville, MI jfs.brand@gmail.com

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Wav

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#9 posted 02-19-2016 06:52 PM

Since photos are limited to six, I did manage to post one that shows some shavings. I don’t want to sound braggish, but yes it works quite well. Honestly, I was surprised at how well the project ended up. While growing up and watching my Dad, he rarely used a Bench Plane. I watched him use one several times shaving some excess from a door that was sticking until he got a Craftsman electric planner. So using one myself is something I am learning to do as with many of the older hand tools I have salvaged.
I am thankful to sites like this and Utube, because without the expertise of some great woodworkers willing to share their knowledge I would be lost at developing my skills.

-- Maddog Creations

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