|Project by TObenhuber||posted 07-06-2016 03:04 PM||1023 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
I am nearing completion of a kitchen remodel and in so suffered a casualty. My Cheap-O harbor freight hand plane’s handle suffered a traumatic injury.
Before you scoff at me and tell me how much this plane sucks. Stand by… I have spent some time sharpening the blade, flattened the necessary surfaces, adjusted the frogs and all of the other things that go into getting a hand plane to shave wood into tiny little wispy shavings. So I have used this plan on pretty much all of my projects since I got it. This casualty didn’t come easy.
What ended up happening is I had been trimming some edges of one of the kitchen projects. Put the plane down. Then life caught up with me mid project and work sent me on travel. Important detail, I forgot to put my tools away. Then low and behold, my lovely wife decided to clean the place up a bit and threw my plane into a bag with a bunch of other tools. Then probably tossed the whole bag into a storage area where we had been leaving our stuff when we weren’t working. When I returned from the trip. I needed the plane for something and saw that it had be serverly damaged. ;) The handle had a chip and the chip was probably long since thrown away and taken out to the curb. Sad day.
So probably not being allowed to go spend a Whopping $15 at HF. I decided I would just replace it. Lee Valley has drawings that can be used for free to make your own for a Stanley #3 (close enough for government work). I did a little reading and decided I would change the grain direction and also use some of my scrap hardwood I milled in another post. A couple drilled holes, a little jig saw action, a lot of sanding/shaping and a bit of patients to get the screw to fit again. Vuala. Good as new. I just rubbed it down with some oil and it is back in action.
If you have also recently suffered from a woodworking family member narrowly surviving death. Check out these plans at Lee Valley I highly recommend it. It was a nice hour or two project and you only need a minimal number of tools and a maximum amount of patience.
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Enjoy and be safe with power tools.