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Project by BenDupre posted 05-23-2017 02:39 AM 1450 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay maybe everyone doesn’t remember the heartwarming 1986 robot coming of age picture staring Steve Guttenberg and Ally Sheedy... wah wah wahhhh

Picked up an old type 16 number 5C from a retired gentleman who buys and sells them on craigslist. It was in pretty good shape except for the usual grime and the obligatory cracked and busted tote. It took some work to flatten but the blade honed up really easily and it cuts like a champ now.

I made a new tote from 5/4 cherry using the pattern from Lee Valley. This is the first time I’ve tried this, but I now believe what they say “A plane or an old saw really becomes your tool when you make your own handle and fit it to your hand.”

Anyhow, the cherry tote looked great, but unfortunately the rosewood knob had to go as well. Nothing wrong with it, just didn’t look right. So I chucked up some 2×2 cherry and turned a new one.

Coated both pieces with BLO. I can add some lacquer later but I probably wont. Thanks for looking!

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw





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WayneC

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#1 posted 05-23-2017 02:51 AM

Nice restoration. :)

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

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#2 posted 05-23-2017 03:34 AM

Very nice BenDupre! It looks like Stanley and LN had a love child. I restored a Stanley #4C a couple months back (profile picture) – nothing beats the satisfaction of a full width shaving from a tool you brought back to life.

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#3 posted 05-23-2017 03:51 AM

Ben! Really fabulous restoration!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#4 posted 05-23-2017 10:28 AM

Nice work on this restoration Ben!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 05-23-2017 10:52 AM

That’s a really nice job on the #5. Sounds like it is going to be a user. Nothing like giving it that personnel feeling to make it your own. I did the same on a old liberty plane I posted.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 05-23-2017 01:40 PM

Dave, If interested, check craigslist. The fellow lives in Crystal Lake. His name is Jerry. He has a lot of stuff. Tried to sell me a #5 bedrock for like $90. I was tempted but I haven’t read anywhere that the bedrock style performed that much better. I picked out the 5c from a lot of about 5 he had and probably paid him too much for it but it was really nice to talk to an old timer for a couple hours on a Saturday morning. The advice alone was worth the extra.

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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#7 posted 05-23-2017 01:45 PM

Wow! It’s a very nice plane and you have done a beautiful job in the restoration of it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 05-23-2017 02:20 PM



Dave, If interested, check craigslist. The fellow lives in Crystal Lake. His name is Jerry. He has a lot of stuff. Tried to sell me a #5 bedrock for like $90. I was tempted but I haven t read anywhere that the bedrock style performed that much better. I picked out the 5c from a lot of about 5 he had and probably paid him too much for it but it was really nice to talk to an old timer for a couple hours on a Saturday morning. The advice alone was worth the extra.

- BenDupre

I really like Bedrocks and have a set of Square Side. Try one if you get the opportunity. The benefits also depend on Round vs. Square Sides. The Round sides are basic bailey pattern with an improved frog design. They are more stable. The square side frogs can be adjusted without removing the lever cap/cutter.

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

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#9 posted 05-23-2017 02:20 PM

very cool! And yes, Johnny 5 was part of my youth…

-- Red pencil, red marker, marking knife... doesn't mater, the wood will end up the same color.

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#10 posted 05-23-2017 02:38 PM

Nice restoration. And loved the movie – and your title.

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

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#11 posted 05-23-2017 04:14 PM

” I am standing here beside myself!”
Of course I remember that movie!
Really nice job. I love the color of the new handle and knob.

-- Chem, Central California

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#12 posted 05-23-2017 04:34 PM

Nice lumber!

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