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Project by Don W posted 1113 days ago 1346 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first wooden plane I’ve restored. It took probably twice as long as it did to build the Krenov inspired smoothing plane and doesn’t work nearly as well. I’ll probably fuss with it some more at some point. Either way, it looks good sitting on the shelf, and I learned don’t use ash as a plane sole. It likes to chip at the month. I added the “bump” on the front. It makes it more comfortable for me to use.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com





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Brit

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#1 posted 1113 days ago

Very nice Don. I’ve got one sitting waiting for some love after I’ve finished my braces and my planes and my saws and my hand drills etc. :-)

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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RGtools

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#2 posted 1113 days ago

What’s funky about it? You can usually get these up an running with a bit of light chisel work. I might be able to help.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Dennisgrosen

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#3 posted 1112 days ago

you are right about the ash :-) itsa one of the few things were it can´t compeat with
other woods

like the front knop add

Dennis

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Don W

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#4 posted 1112 days ago

Andy, we never finish. I haven’t even started the braces. I’m waiting on your blog.

RG, I actually went back and re-read what I wrote. Did I say funky? It just doen’t “work” like I’m used to. Maybe just a bad day. I’m out of town for a week, so maybe when I get home the plane pixies will have taken car of it.

Dennis, I used a piece of scrap ash. I like ash. Its got a pretty nice grain when you add a layer of danish oil. Its just not ment fort plane soles.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#5 posted 1112 days ago

How is the mouth on it? Can you set it fine or did you sharpen with a camber for rough stock removal?

I’m on board for a tutioral as well Andy.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Don W

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#6 posted 1112 days ago

Wayne, I started the mouth tight. I opened it, as I tested it, hoping I didn’t need to use it just for roughing. I didn’t have a lot of time to trouble shot, so it may be ok if I widen it a little. I also had some problems with the chip breaker. It was pitted pretty bad and was still catching shavings. It may just need some time and attention. Patiences is not mty strong suit.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Brit

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#7 posted 1112 days ago

Brace blog is in progress guys. Yesterday I started restoring a rusty old 8” sweep brace and took loads of pictures. Hopefully, I can get a bit more of it done today and have enough to do a couple of posts during the week while I’m in Denmark.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#8 posted 1112 days ago

Don, the plane looks great. I have no doubt that you will work out the bugs.

Andy, can’t wait for the blog on the brace.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#9 posted 1112 days ago

I do love the grain in ash too here in Denmark we use it alot for shaft to shovels etc.
but where it realy do its job is as handles for axe´s and hammers or at least the Danish ash do it
I know hickory is a better choice but not much compare to our ash …. but it has to bee well
maintained with oil …. or it will snap big times when the day come after a few years of neclection
speciel if its gardentools that is often forgotten out in the wether ….....people just don´t realises
how epencive good tools are and how little it takes to have them more than a lifetime :-)

take care
Dennis

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Don W

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#10 posted 1112 days ago

My son just made a blanket chest for one of his customer out of ash. It came out really nice. He put a dark danish oil finish which made the grain stand out. That’s actually where I had the scrap from. Its a nice wood, just not for plane soles. I have to admint, my shovels get left out a lot. I do give tham a coat of oil from time tot time.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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RGtools

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#11 posted 1112 days ago

“Funky” was my decision I guess people don’t use that word in the negative context any more….crap.

I would like some saw, plane and general clutter pixies to come into my shop, but alas they never show up. Take some shavings on an already flattened board and describe the experience to yourself, that will tell you a lot about what you need to fix.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Don W

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#12 posted 1112 days ago

I’m out of town for the week, but to describe it would be “clunky”. Its not smooth. I think its a combination of a few things. It may be a while efore I get back to it. To many others calling my name right now.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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mafe

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#13 posted 1112 days ago

Why it does not work well?
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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Don W

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#14 posted 1100 days ago

That was then, this is now.

I touched up the blade again, and had to open the mouth quite a bit.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#15 posted 1100 days ago

She’s glorious. How much do you know about her?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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