The latest wooden plane restore.

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Project by Don W posted 09-17-2011 02:44 AM 1727 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the latest plane restore. I bought this at a flea market for $7. It needed a wedge so I made one out of a scrap pice of cherry. It all got a coat of Dark Walnut Danish oil then several coats of BLO.

The blade needed some grinding and it had a nail in the base. As you can see it works great, it makes some fine shavings. The way these old wooden plane work impress me. I was expecting a lot less when I started restoring them.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#1 posted 09-17-2011 02:45 AM

Wow. Great find and restore. How are you going to store all of these wonderful planes.

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

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#2 posted 09-17-2011 02:55 AM

yea, I haven’t quite figured that out yet. Maybe I didn’t think this through.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#3 posted 09-17-2011 03:21 AM

Shes’s a beauty Don. Thanks for sharing it.

-- 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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#4 posted 09-17-2011 04:32 AM

You have enough planes you can easily make a cabinet for them.

That is a good looking one. I can’t quite make out the iron, can you shed some light on the make?

These tools really are sweet and they don’t seem to take the same amount of work to restore…the downside is they tend to need it a bit more frequently than the iron monsters. (I like both)

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

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#5 posted 09-17-2011 04:36 AM

Nice, I have one that works great. I love the old laminated blades. They hold a good edge for a while.

I never did any of the refinishing though, I may have to do it now. Did you scrape the old “finish”?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#6 posted 09-17-2011 05:11 AM

Nice. Well done.


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

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#7 posted 09-17-2011 05:59 AM

Don, you are like a machine! Everytime I turn around, you have found a smoking deal on an old plane and turned it into a beauty. I just want to find one! ;)

Are you just collecting them or are you using them too?

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#8 posted 09-17-2011 06:39 AM

Nice work Don. That’s definitely a keeper!

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#9 posted 09-17-2011 03:14 PM

Ahhhhhh… It warms my heart to see a piece of history brought back to life like that!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at:

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#10 posted 09-17-2011 03:15 PM

Brett, I use them but lately I’ve been using one plane to fix another. I just like restoring them. As Wayne said, not I need a better way to display them. They are starting to take up to much room on my bench.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#11 posted 09-17-2011 04:50 PM

Now thats cool! Great score and restore!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 09-18-2011 01:43 AM

I’ve been collecting old handplanes for restoration. Got about a dozen or so… Maybe you can do a blog about it so the rest of us can see how the experts do it?

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