Finally a 113 model - happy newyear 2011

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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.

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 12-31-2010 04:03 PM

your journey is very exiting mads

you are quite the tool restorer

it is like stepping back in time
to see these tools
and the way you bring them to life again

happy you are with caroline

have a great new year

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 12-31-2010 04:09 PM

.....and a Happy New Year to you too! Hope the new/old planes wok out for you. They are works of industrial art, preserved by a true collector. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#3 posted 12-31-2010 04:54 PM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 12-31-2010 05:19 PM

Great restoration of wonderful plane and a wonderful way to start the new year. I think Caroline has been
spending a little time in your workshop to be able to pick out the projects for the New Year to keep you
busy and happy. May you and your family have a wonderful and happy New Year. Thank you for sharing
with us.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 12-31-2010 06:48 PM

Way to go Mads, you know I have a #20 came from my Dad. I think it appears in the last kayak post or the one before. Looking forward to seeing your progress on those French tools, Caroline brought for you.

Happy New Year!!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#6 posted 12-31-2010 06:56 PM

Happy New-year Matilde , Caroline and Mads :-)
I´m realy glad you got that plane and the same time green …..LOL
and niiice colection of drawknifes tooo …Hmfh….too lucky..LOL

looking forward to see them restored and in use….even thow I can´t see where you have place
for a shavehorse in the shop….. :-)

have a great evening


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#7 posted 12-31-2010 07:18 PM

Happy New Year, Mads!

I have not tasted the Tsarine… how is it?

I guess the last shot is a nice teaser shot of what is to come in 2011… looking forward to it.

Nice restoration job on this plane!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 12-31-2010 07:26 PM

Wow! Another great find with another awesome story!
Congrats Mads and I can’t wait to see the restoration done.
Glad your Caroline is with you and wonderful tools she brings you, Have a great new year!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#9 posted 12-31-2010 09:17 PM

That is a sweeet tool!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#10 posted 12-31-2010 11:20 PM

Good find Mads. I hope you will be demonstrating it for us.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 01-01-2011 02:36 PM

What a beauty…its a really mechanic plane and many boatbuilders has ovned one of these.

Thats one of those planes a man just need to owne.

Like you said Mads : Nice or need to have…..... but whats the difference ? :)

Great job on that plane.

Happy newyear

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#12 posted 01-01-2011 09:36 PM

Welcome to the exclusive 113 owner’s club! It looks like you did an excellent job on the restoration, my friend. It also looks like you are building up a good collection of drawknifes! Did your Caroline find these for you?

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#13 posted 01-02-2011 09:02 AM

Nice Mads.
I have never heard of or seen a 113; but now I know it exits and what it does.


-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#14 posted 01-02-2011 06:10 PM

Thanks for showing me something new with this Mads… Congrats on your hard fought adventures. Hope you have yourself a wonderful New Year….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#15 posted 01-02-2011 06:53 PM

Hi there, and happy newyear once again.
I’m here in Copenhagen with my beloved Caroline.
Dan, we wrote at the same moment… Thank you.
Ian, yes it’s a special plane, the 20 is more stabile I think but this one is a beauty.
Div, thank you brother. Does that mean you have one also! I tryed to be gentle with the restoration, just cleaning up what was important and that gave reason to the function, so I was happy after that it still stayed full of patine but the ‘moving’ functional parts are clean and functional. The drawknifes I got on a French E-bay auction (25$ all) The old bedane / mortice chisels at even less, so yes I have some restore to do now… Caroline was so kind to bring them to me from Paris, where I had them delivered.
Napoleon my friend, the only difference between men and boys are the price of their toys. Yes it’s a beauty, perhaps we can find you one, one day – do you want me to keep a eye? The drawknife in the buttom right of the picture is your christmas gift from me, you can come by and do some handles on my lathe. ;-)
Mike, I will be more than happy, it could be also a exorcise for me…
Dez, smile.
Robert, thank you, I will post when I do restore on the French tools.
Jonathan, it’s a wonderful champagne at a fair price (in Paris really fair), I can highly recomend. Thank you!
Dennis, you are so right, there are no place for a shaveing horse in my workshop, but perhaps in my garden… But it will not be one tool I can use a lot, my arms are as you know not able any more. But once in a while I can give them a little go, and have the pleasure of the smell of fresh wood in my nose.
Ken, yes I noticed on the post your 20 (I never miss the details there, as I remember you made a close up a little unsharp, so we had to know to see), I was so sad I could not pass you when I was in Miami, but I know the day will come.
Gus, Caroline are not spending time in the workshop, after two minutes I can see in her eyes that this is not her world at all… But she is happy for me that I got this world, this place to bring me smiles now that I can’t work and have ups and downs with the health. And at the end it’s the most important, that we can repect and love eachother, and not always need to agree or like the same. To be able to be happy for the others are a important ingedience I think (but what do I know I divorced once… laugh).
jockmike2, I smile, so I agree… ;-)
Doug, I agree as you can read, thank you.
David, I’m curious and have allways been a admire of the work of the hand, especially in the wood, and construction in wood, so it’s a jurney in trying to understand and to see that my hands can achive these things I admire. Caroline, yes she is a big part also of my smile, she brings me love.
Best thoughts from my heart to all of you, and all of your families,

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

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