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A Coffin plane mended

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Project by Don W posted 1071 days ago 1663 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a coffin plane I picked up at a flea market. It didn’t really need a whole lot of work. It still has a small crack in the top side by the blade I decided to leave. Its small, won’t interfere with the operation, shouldn’t get worse and isn’t to noticeable.

The blade has some minor pitting, but eventually it will be ground out with sharpening. I didn’t see a need to grind it away for such a minor imperfection. The fineness of the shaving surprised me. Its a nice smoother for sure.

Notice the brass hammer next to it. I picked that up at the same flee market for $2. No more searching for a piece of brass to make one.

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





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WayneC

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#1 posted 1071 days ago

Very nice. Looks like it performs well.

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

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Michael1

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#2 posted 1071 days ago

Very Nice. I love restoring old tools. Especially the flea market ones that you can get for a few bucks

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina, http://www.scicaskets.com

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mafe

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#3 posted 1070 days ago

Sweet shave.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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racerglen

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#4 posted 1070 days ago

Plane and a hammer.. He’s scored AGAIN !

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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DaddyZ

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#5 posted 1070 days ago

Very Cool !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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Dennisgrosen

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#6 posted 1070 days ago

great to see another woddie comes alive :-)
you better make that brass shine …. so it doesn´t disapear in the shavings …. :-)

Dennis

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RGtools

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#7 posted 1070 days ago

Adjusting a plane with a tiny hammer is one of life’s many small pleasures.

My smoother is being cranky, I need to flatten the bottom, hate it when that happens mid project.

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

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Don W

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#8 posted 1069 days ago

RG, that’s why you need 2 or 3. There’s always one ready to go.

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

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Dennisgrosen

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#9 posted 1069 days ago

can´t you talk her out of it
its so expencive when the lady´s want to visit the beautysaloon :-(

Dennis

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RGtools

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#10 posted 1069 days ago

Duly noted. I have a few smoother’s but I need to buy a replacment blade for the metal one (deep pits on the back and not enough steel to remove them) and swap out the handles (need a lathe and a decent rasp…)

I have blades, I might just make another smoother. If my jointer does out of whack I have a steel back up, but when my smoother gets cranky…so do I.

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

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Don W

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#11 posted 1069 days ago

^RG you wrote “need a lathe and a decent rasp”. Send me a picture and a template. I’ll make you one.

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

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RGtools

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#12 posted 1069 days ago

Wow my brain must be done. At first I thought “how the heck is he going to make me a lathe?”

I will send you what I have later. But this is the plane in question…behind the sweetheart.

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

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Don W

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#13 posted 1069 days ago

nice….you can send that knuckle plane too.
Here is mine

Whats wrong with the knob, looks good from here?

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

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RGtools

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#14 posted 1069 days ago

The knob is fine, the tote is cracked in half staight through the center. I would like to replace both with some of the walnut scrap I have on hand (LOTS)

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

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WayneC

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#15 posted 1069 days ago

The knob/handle are wonderful. I hope you repair the handle and hang on to it.

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

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