|Project by mafe||posted 12-31-2010 03:51 PM||1828 views||0 times favorited||21 comments|
Finally a 113 model
Happy new year 2011
For a long time I have had a secret love for the 113 model, it’s a fascination of so many things can meet in a manmade object.
The 113 was the end of having to have one hand plane for each curve – going from wood to metal, brilliant engineering and bringing things to the limit of the ability they had – and then still achieving all this with a elegance and a strong wish for beauty in the product also.
So more than a year ago I purchased a 113 from E-bay France in fact also a no. 20, but this needed to be quite a story, since the 113 was broken, and the seller never responded, so at the end E-bay’s buyer protection stepped in and gave me back all the money, and had a broken 113, and a 20 that needed a restore but are now running and a part of my planes. So I had to go on hunting, and I lost plenty of bids, but at least one came through, and I received another broken plane from France again, this time the seller agreed to pay back and I returned the plane, so I had it! No 113 for me, the end…
Ok, I do not give up so easy so the other day I spotted a 113 in a Danish site where the knob was missing but besides it seemed fine, so we agreed on a price (25$), and I waited for the postman.
Finally it arrived, and I could bring it to my workshop, and start the rescue! And I seceded to make one full functional plane, with the best parts from each
So to make a long story short – I’m a big new year’s smile since my Caroline are here, we are going to a wonderful dinner, and I have a fully working beautiful old 113 in my workshop now – how should it be possible not to smile!
1. The plane ready to use – and yes a bottle of good champagne.
2. The first two planes from E-bay.
3. The first two planes from E-bay.
4. The broken E-bay on left – the new old from Denmark on the right.
5. The caps, one cleaned, polished and almost ready.
6. Some tools that came with Caroline from France (more to fix, I will not be bored in the New Year).
Hope it can bring some new year’s smiles,
Happy new year to all of you.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.