Referbished Hand Plane

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Project by John Fleming posted 06-02-2010 02:05 AM 2511 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Stanley number 7

For my plane class at Palomar College I choose the big one to referbish becasue I wanted to use it to flatten the new workbench. The process is involed and time consuming. Oh yes I did forget how big the bottom was and of course I had to flatten that part. We also cleaned and put on new Japanning. Luckly someone said use your barbercue not the your wifes oven. Saved by a friend. That stuff smells like you would not believe.

I guess the most critical step was getting the mouth square. Not a lot of work but very stressfull. You want to take off enough but not more than you need and it needs to be square to the plane body. That sound when planning a piece of wood is beautiful I recommend everyone try it.

My bench is flat now and I have two baskets of shavings to prove it. All in all it is not a Lie Neilsen plane but if it is has a sharp blade it will do the job. That sound when planning a piece of wood is beautiful I recommend everyone try it.

John Fleming
Woodworker in Training
Palomar College, San Marcos Ca

-- Woodworker in Progress, Oceanside CA

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#1 posted 06-02-2010 02:26 AM

Looks great now John

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#2 posted 06-02-2010 02:36 AM

I am working on my new bench and due to space and machinery constraints I have turned to hand tools for a good portion of work. I am using a refurbished & tuned #8, set up with a Hock blade and in most cases I can get a suitable finish without using a #4 or sand paper.
I agree there is nothing like the sound and feel as you work the wood into submission. I don’t mean for it to sound like a wrestling match but in the beginning I thought it was. Big jointer’s can be a handful but once you get used to them you are no longer limited to the size of your power planer and jointer. Best of all you can get a pretty good work out in your shop. Beats the crap out of the gym.

-- Marc

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#3 posted 06-02-2010 02:39 AM

Great job…do you have any resources or tips for new Japanning? I have several flea market finds that I need to restore…and not the benefit of a class! =O


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#4 posted 06-02-2010 06:43 AM

IF anyone wants info on the plane referbishing I have articles and some links I can email.
Send me a request

-- Woodworker in Progress, Oceanside CA

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#5 posted 06-02-2010 07:39 AM

Did you use the Pontypool Asphaltum brand of japanning? Looks like you did it justice.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#6 posted 06-02-2010 07:59 PM

Thats beautiful, and yes the sound and the smell of wood from the hand plane are priceless.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 01-16-2012 07:09 PM

I agree the sound of a well honed plane making gossamer thin curls is quite addictive.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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