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Project by Mauricio posted 1028 days ago 2240 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a Jack Plane to fill a whole in my arsenal of planes. I wanted to use it for scrub work so I didn’t mind if it was a fixer up’er. I scored this one on Ebay for $5, its a Scioto Works I’m pretty sure. The stamp was beat up and hard to read.

One of the best things about these old planes is the thick laminated steel iron they have that cut great and hold a nice edge for a while. However this one had a lot of pitting so I had to do the ruler trick to put a slight back bevel on the blade.

When I first opened the box I thought I was going to have to trash the body and use the iron in a homemade plane. Which was cool since I like the iron and it was only $5 plus another $6 for shipping. But after kicking it around a little I figured I could fill the checks that seemed to go all the way down the plane and it would still be structurally sound. I filled them with glue and sanding dust. I planed the whole body down with my smoother, fixed a chip in the handle and stained it dark, than gave the whole thing a slathering of Tried and True Danish Oil which really darkened up the body. The wood was so dry, I was surprised to see how rapidly it sucked the oil into the end grain.

The first couple of pics are the finished product that I just wrapped up last night. You can see in the second pic the nice camber I put on the blade free hand. The last two pics show how decrepit it was to start out.

If you want a good plane for cheap and don’t mind doing a little refurb this is a great way to go. It really wasn’t that much work and it was a lot of fun.

Thanks for looking,

Mauricio

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





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RGtools

3302 posts in 1279 days


#1 posted 1028 days ago

Great job. I love seeing an old dog get a new life. Hope it serves you well.

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

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Brandon

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#2 posted 1028 days ago

Great restoration! May it serve you for years to come.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Don W

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#3 posted 1028 days ago

nice job on the restore. I agree with your statements, good planes, good prices and lots of fun.

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

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Mauricio

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#4 posted 1028 days ago

Thanks guys, and thanks Don for the your restoration posts that provided some inspiration. Seeing the restorations you and others have done show that almost no plane is beyond being saved.

I just used it to thickness plane a lid for a box I’m making, works great and its a lot of fun hogging off all that wood so quickly. I also plan on using it to put a rustic “hand scraped” surface on a some projects.

And here is the new happy family:

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

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Chuck

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#5 posted 904 days ago

I looks really nice after you restored it. I got 2 Scioto planes over the weekend that were my great grandpa’s. I also got a New York Tool Co plane that has “Boston Navy yard Oct. 1870” stamped in the side of it.

-- Chuck, http://woodchucksworkshop.blogspot.com

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Mauricio

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#6 posted 904 days ago

Tose look nice Chuck, and they dont seem to need much work. I also like that jointer you have there, sharpen them up and put them to work!

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

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Tim Scoville

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#7 posted 454 days ago

Nice plane. Once I get time to build my New-Fangled WW Bench” I’d like to get into using these hand planes more.

-- Tim S, WA

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Mauricio

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#8 posted 454 days ago

Thanks Tim, Its amazing how much life there still is in the planes. This one is still one of my favourit planes for rough flattening a board.

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

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