A woodworking project of sorts

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Project by mgb_2x posted 01-03-2010 10:36 PM 2258 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In addition to woodworking I have enjoyed collecting and restoring all types of antiques. Like most woodworkers I have obtained a number of old wood planes over the years, never used them but kept them in the shop. I knew that with a little work they could take on a whole new look and move from the shop to the house as an attractive antique for display. These are two of the many I have done, a Stanley number 27 and 29. The process is very simple; strip the wood and iron, paint the metal with gloss black and sand the blade then finish the wood and reassemble.
Of course if I found one in good original condition I might not try restoration. I am a firm believer that when it comes to antiques, original condition is irreplaceable and should be protected. These two were not in that class. Occasionaly parts are missing so it may take two planes to get a finish product.
I keep an eye out for cadidates for restoration, occasionaly you can sneek up on one on EBAY. These also make a good gift to give to a woodworking pal as I recently did with my good friend Russ, he has 50 planes of all types and makes but the one I gave him is on display in the house.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#1 posted 01-03-2010 10:57 PM

these planes look nice, i just don’t know if they take a very thin shaving like the metal ones. do they? i see Roy Underhill using them but always thick shavings coming out. he also uses the metal ones too. one thing though i know that if it’s tuned u can get a full width shaving. anyway nice work sorry for the rant.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 01-03-2010 11:56 PM

That is a cool idea.
I have had nothing but bad luck buying planes on line.
You sure have those looking nice.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#3 posted 01-04-2010 01:47 AM

Those are some nice planes.

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#4 posted 01-04-2010 02:48 AM

Very Nice. Job well done.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#5 posted 01-04-2010 02:51 AM

Wow those planes look new very nice.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 01-04-2010 03:39 AM

I agree with Jim they look fantastic. Not being critical, but I always find it a little sad that these wonderful old tools are turned out to pasture and are no longer used. That said, it is good that they are being preserved for future generations to see and appreciate.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 01-04-2010 09:02 PM

Awesome! I just got an old wooden #8 just like it, can’t seem to find any information on it though…..

-- But honey.. this new power tool will pay for itself when we re-do the kitchen!

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