|Project by FJPetruso||posted 07-24-2011 11:11 PM||5216 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
I latched onto a nice Stanley No 27 Transitional Jack Plane as a restoration project. It had some pretty good rust & the body had some wood missing that was probably caused by rot from sitting in a barn or basement on the floor.
The tote was also bad & had been repaired. It looked as though the factory had drilled the hole through the handle too close to the side of the wood & it broke through there. I made a template of the tote & cut out the curved sides with my scroll saw on a one inch thick piece of maple that had the angled hole for the retaining screw predrilled on my drill press & then routed the handle with my table router. The top was cut off & the tote was finished up by hand.
I decided to make a new body for the plane using the lamination method because I’m not as interested in being authentic as I am in getting a good working plane quickly. I measured all the angles & the width of the opening & milled the two center sections & then milled a couple of slabs for the sides, all out of hard maple. I milled the body slightly oversize in order to leave room for squaring, jointing & planing to final dimensions. Then I cut off the ends of the assembled piece to the proper length of 15 inches & made sure the mouth was placed in the proper place from the ends. And then I put a slight chamfer on the front & back ends of the body. I layed the metal frame over the mouth of the body & marked all the places for screw holes & inlet for the boss that sticks down on the frog.
While all the milling was going on I was using my battery charger & a 5 gallon bucket full of baking soda electrolyte to safely remove the rust from the metal parts.
After the rust was removed & the blade sharpened I coated all of the parts, wood & metal, with a mixture of bee’s wax & linseed oil. I didn’t do any repainting of the metal parts & just left the nice dark gray patina of the antique metal.
I reassembled the parts & tried out my almost new plane. This is my first experience with a wood plane & it works great. It seems to me that the wood soled planes truly do glide smoother on the wood being planed.
-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"