|Project by Mauricio||posted 10-26-2011 08:00 PM||3005 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
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 - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch