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Project by Don W posted 11-10-2011 05:46 PM 1731 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Although the pile is getting low, its still producing some beauties. The camera batteries dies when I started this one, so other than picking it out of the pile, you’ll have to imagine the wonderful shape it was in when I stated.

The handle was gone, so I rebuilt it from a piece of ash.
Edit for Al : The Tote was gone, so I rebuilt it from a piece of ash

The Blade is stamped Greenfield Tool. Some research shows the typical tool manufacturer of the time. You can see the blade has been sharpen enough to bring it below the wedge. The picture with it above the wedge has the blade well off the bottom, just to see what it may have looked like in its hay day.

I sharpened the blade with a bit of a camber. Testing shows it works very well. I had glues this piece yesterday for the shelf in my plane cabinet. It made quick work of leveling the glue joint.

The really nice thing about these thick blades is even with serious pitting, they can be ground to smooth with out effecting the integrity.

I believe the body to be typical beach, but age has darkened it nicely. I scraped and sanded it and finished it with BLO.

Thanks for stopping by.

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





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Bertha

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#1 posted 11-10-2011 05:48 PM

Holy massive razee! That thing is a looker (I’ve had a sneak peek already)! Did you re-tote the rear? It’s a spectacular piece.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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racerglen

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#2 posted 11-10-2011 05:50 PM

Very nice work !
Gotta love BLO !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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Don W

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#3 posted 11-10-2011 05:52 PM

Edit for Al : The Tote was gone, so I rebuilt it from a piece of ash :-)

He keeps me on my toes.

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

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richgreer

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#4 posted 11-10-2011 05:56 PM

These old planes are great. I have one made by the Ohio Tool Company. Based on my reading, mine probably was made around the time of the civil war and it was, most likely, built by prison labor.

A plane is still nothing more than a chisel that is held securely in place. With a sharp edge, my 150 plane can perform as well as a much newer plane (however, adjusting the depth of cut is a little trickier).

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 11-10-2011 06:01 PM

Verry nice, I love the Razee style planes. Its amazing how light the wood is on these old planes when you plane them clean and then they get so dark again with BLO, its that aged beach that is so nice.

You camber your jointer blades? Thats different.

Question, how tight do you like the mouth on a jointer? I have a similar old jointer and I can not get it to take a fine shaving, I’m wondering if I have to close up the mouth.

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

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zwwizard

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#6 posted 11-10-2011 06:05 PM

Good looking woody! And a very nice job in the restoration of it. I have a few of them in use and a bunch of them wailing to be reconditioned. Here is a old picture of some I use. (got to make a new cabinet, running out of room in this on).

-- Richard http://www.PictureTrail.com/gallery/view?username=thewizz

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Don W

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#7 posted 11-10-2011 06:07 PM

Actually I forgot to add its just under 22” long, so that would make it a jack.

So to answer your question, no, I don’t camber a jointer blade, but I have so many of these, I wanted this one as a jack. This will be the first one I’ve cambered.

I like a tight mouth on a jointer. To take fine shavings you want a tight mouth. Try adding a shim under it to try it.

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

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Bertha

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#8 posted 11-10-2011 06:09 PM

That camber looks dead on, big fat curls; I’d say an RGTools-2, at least;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Don W

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#9 posted 11-10-2011 06:12 PM

Al, that’s a “hold the blade at the bottom, and spin it on the rest”. All that math calculations makes my head hurt. I get enough of that at work.

Richard, I’m a half step ahead of you. Notice my last post was last night.

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

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Bertha

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#10 posted 11-10-2011 06:16 PM

I think my eyes are still better than my skill. If it looks straight, or curved, or parallel, or perpendicular to my eyes, it’ll probably do just fine at my skill level. Plus, I doubt that wood will ever remark, “uh, excuse me, Don…uh, the right side of your camber is really digging in” lol;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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WoodSpanker

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#11 posted 11-10-2011 11:40 PM

What a wonderful reconditioning job, on a spectacular piece. Gotta love those older tools. While I am using an antique, I cant help but wonder who’s else’s hands have done this exact same thing. And what were they building? A crib for a newborn child? A chicken coop? A lowboy for his new bride’s kitchen (not being sexist, that’s just how it was in the 1920’s, which is the era from which most of my antique planes come from)? The whole process of creating with old equipment is magical to me.

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#12 posted 11-11-2011 12:28 AM

Nice work Don, the handle, er tote looks good. Well done.

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