Padauk Tote and Knob for Stanley #2

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 1035 days ago 1615 views 1 time favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks to all of you who gave me guidance when I was having difficulty turning the knob. I ended up doing it what seemed like the simplest way: I turned the shape from a longer spindle, then parted it off.

The tote is pretty true to the original shape, but I made the knob a little beefier at the waist (mainly because I was a bit gun shy after breaking the first two attempts).

There is no finish on these… I just buffed and waxed them for now.

The last photo is what the plane looked like when I acquired it.

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

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#1 posted 1035 days ago

AWESOME !! Really brought that old plane back to life , Charlie : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 1035 days ago

That is truly handsome.
Photos are nice too.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 1035 days ago

Beautiful job Charlie, you sure know how to bring life back into these things !!!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#4 posted 1035 days ago

Very, very nice. Really gives the plane an entire new look. Did you have to laminate the Padauk?


-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#5 posted 1035 days ago

Charlie: A great transformation. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#6 posted 1035 days ago

Nice job, Charlie. That is quite a transformation – from what appears to be a rusty piece of junk to a shining jewel. You must have yourself quite a collection by now.

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#8 posted 1035 days ago

Nice looking plane, will it be a user?

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#9 posted 1035 days ago

Thanks, guys.

Ron: I did have to glue up two pieces for the knob. I did not have any padauk quite thick enough. Actually, the wild color variation is within the same piece…. the seam itself is nearly invisible.

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

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#10 posted 1035 days ago

Charlie those parts look like orignals. You really made that old plane look new.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#11 posted 1035 days ago

Hi Charlie,
Looks great. While I confess to having a relatively complete set of Record planes that are seldom used, I also seem to have an uncontrollable urge to “fix” every needy tool I run across. It’s a real danger to enter a flea market. A rusty tool of quality is a cocaine-like lure. But then, these things deserve to be saved. What else can we do?
Roger. (Another in curable tool addict.)

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#12 posted 1035 days ago

what a beauty charlie – I love the look of it. looks better than the original (as in original shape/material as mfg. by Stanley as obviously it looks better then when you got it). I think if one has the opportunity to remake the knobs/totes it’s a good thing as we all have different hands and there is no way to make one-size-fits-all.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#13 posted 1035 days ago

Hey Charlie;

That looks really good. Beautiful job.


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#14 posted 1035 days ago

GGrreat !
Loved the lamination..(after you said you’d done it!) I didn’t spot it in
the photos so you’ve got to know it worked out well.

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#15 posted 1035 days ago

Beautiful job on the plane, Charlie.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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