14" Smoothing Plane- Restoration

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Project by Doug McPherson posted 05-16-2011 06:24 PM 2312 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up this smoothing plan at an estate/garage sale last week along with an nice little Craftsman Block Plane. It was perfect mechanically, and just needed a little attention. I have another 14” plane very similar, but without the grooves on the face. It works beautifully. Making new maple handles was a choice I made. What do you think?

-- DullChiselDoug,

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#1 posted 05-16-2011 06:30 PM

Amazing work!

-- christopheralan

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#2 posted 05-16-2011 07:13 PM

Another very nice restoration.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 05-16-2011 07:16 PM

Sweet find and great restore! Looks like fresh from the factory, maybe a little better. How do they cut?

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#4 posted 05-16-2011 07:42 PM

Thanks! It cuts beautifully. The maple shavings in the pictures were made from that plane.

-- DullChiselDoug,

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#5 posted 05-16-2011 07:57 PM

Looks nice…

I love seeing these old tool restorations. I don’t seem to have the luck to find decent enough condition old tools to fix up, but for you guys that do. Well you are rebuilding and adding on something that will make these tools family heirlooms…

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#6 posted 05-16-2011 10:22 PM

Absolutely great work man! I just inherited some planes and am looking to refurb them. I think the maple handles add a nice and pleasant touch.

-- An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin

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#7 posted 05-17-2011 12:19 AM

goood job on this one too
thankĀ“s for sharing


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#8 posted 05-17-2011 12:30 AM

great job! what grits did you use for the sole?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#9 posted 05-17-2011 02:30 AM

I would be proud to say I had done that—let alone say that I owned that plane.
The tote looks quite bulbous in comparison to a regular Stanley tote, but I think it looks as though it would be more comfortable.
Nice design too.
Plane addict

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#10 posted 05-17-2011 03:35 AM

I like the maple handles! A nice change from the usually dark handles. Looks great! Very cool restore projects (both).

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#11 posted 05-17-2011 04:43 AM

Very well done, Doug. The tote looks remarkably close to one I made for a Stanley #8 jointer.

-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#12 posted 05-17-2011 07:45 PM

Great job on both planes…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#13 posted 05-17-2011 11:41 PM


If I am not mistaken, that plane was made for Craftsman by Millers Falls. That is a pretty well made plane. The maple handles look good and the plane cleaned up nicely. I am a big fan of Millers Falls planes.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#14 posted 05-18-2011 03:41 AM

A man after my own heart. There is a special feeling when you can take an old tool and restore it. You can feel the quality of the old tool every time you use it. Nice job!

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#15 posted 10-30-2011 05:53 AM

Your restore is beautiful and Maple totes are so nice in the hand! Both my No#5 Stanleys have Maple totes sawn from old chair seats custom carved a little bit bigger than average, to fit me.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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