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Zebrawood Tote & Knob Sets for Stanley No. 4

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Project by mcjibbin posted 1262 days ago 3429 views 11 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am in the process of restoring a bunch of old Stanley/Bailey planes, and many of them had broken or damaged totes/knobs. This was my first attempt at making my own tote/knob set. I chose Zebrawood, and I decided to make 2 knobs and 2 totes. Obviously, the knobs were turned on a lathe. The totes were a bit trickier. First I cut out the outline with a scroll saw. Next, I routered/chiseled them for more shape. I finished the contours by chucking up a sandpaper cone in the lathe, and working the tote on the cone with my hands. The totes and knobs were then finished with many rubbings of a special blend of spar varnish and oil to give them a glossy, durable finish. I quite enjoyed this project, and I will most definitely be making more.





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intheshop

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#1 posted 1262 days ago

Great looking work.

-- Cole - Rydal, GA

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rayn

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#2 posted 1262 days ago

Looks great!..... good job on the restoring

-- Ray,Iowa

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58j35bonanza

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#3 posted 1262 days ago

Real nice, I just restored a #5 and that was a lot of work. Can’t imagine having to make the tote and knob also. Great work.

-- Chuck

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Froggy

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#4 posted 1262 days ago

Love the wood figure! Very nice looking handles.

BTW, for those who want to make replacement totes for your planes, Lee Valley has free templates for Stanley and Veritas planes to download, along with some basic instructions: http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=63262. So you don’t need to measure and trace the actual ones… :)

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Roman Hrytsak

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#5 posted 1262 days ago

Beautiful work with a nice wood. I have also used zebrawood in making a boot and it polishes nicely and I used a gunstock orange finish.

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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steliart

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#6 posted 1262 days ago

very nice work

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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Cubby

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#7 posted 1262 days ago

WO! Awesome is the first thing that comes to mind. Please let me see it on your vintage Stanley, they deserve to be on a Bedrock rather than your relatively late Stanley.

-- Ron Baird, Pennsylvania, WINDGAP375@aol.com "WORK HARD, BE GOOD, HAVE FUN"

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Cantputjamontoast

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#8 posted 1262 days ago

Holy smokes!!!!

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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mcjibbin

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#9 posted 1262 days ago

Yes – Zebrawood polishes up amazingly. It sure does stink though!

Thanks for looking!

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bigike

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#10 posted 1262 days ago

nice work, lee valley also makes a router bit for making the totes but you seem to have it down. http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=56664&cat=1,46168,46241,46168,46175&ap=1

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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JL7

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#11 posted 1262 days ago

Very nice!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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blackcherry

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#12 posted 1262 days ago

So cool and well done…

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Maveric777

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#13 posted 1262 days ago

Yea, that is tool porn if I ever seen it!...lol

Outstanding and beautiful! May have to print off a pin up to put out in my shop….lol

Thanks for sharing! I really enjoyed seeing this….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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SawDustJack

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#14 posted 1262 days ago

porn ?? yep love it , is on my list as well

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rkoorman

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#15 posted 1262 days ago

Hahaha, Toolporn. That’s very funny. I also am restoring some planes. It might me a nice idea to use some different woods like zebrawood. Thanks for the tip.

-- http://thewoodworkersattic.blogspot.com/

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