|Project by aurora||posted 04-22-2010 03:42 AM||6469 views||8 times favorited||34 comments|
i occasionally do big table tops and needed a plane big enough to flatten them, so i was looking for a #6,7 or 8. the price of good quality new planes and nice old planes were both way out of my reach. after consulting with the lumberjock experts i settled on some lesser know (not the collector hot bailey and stanley planes) names. the guys gave me a list of manufacturers that i should be able to get in my budget. i found a 60 some year old craftsman plane with good solid castings, but had broken handles and was pretty rusty and pitted from sitting in a barn, ... $20, just my price. the farmer told me he watched his father build the house and woodwork in it with this plane, and thought his dad bought it new as a young man. he never used it, but it worked real nice for his dad.
cleaned up all the wrought and cast metal/brass parts, but just couldn’t bring myself to go old school black with rosewood handles. my craftsman is not a “collector”, she’s a user. so i decided to give her a personality with a little bit of whimsy. my “blonde” has maple handles with a a rubbed poly/linsead oil finish and a hot red enamel painted body. castings were wiped with a phosphate conversion coating to seal the rust pits. the tote was easy enough to make, but since i don’t have a lathe, the knob was pretty tough to get round. roughed out a cylinder on the band saw and finished it with knife, rotary rasp, and sanded on the drill press. a good site for a tote pattern is : http://www.leevalley.com/html/16j4010k.pdf
put her back together without re-sharpening and did a test cut to see how bad the blade was, and to my surprise she effortlessly produced ribbon thin shavings in some old oak from the sawmill.