Can you believe another Wood Plane restore?

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Project by Don W posted 11-11-2011 11:45 PM 2418 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes the pile is getting smaller but it has at least one more beauty in its mist. No shavings yet, its still a little wet. The handle (tote) just got glued in and another coat of BLO added.

The Blade has “The Chapins-Stephens Co. Pine Meadow Conn” stamped on it. According to the DavisTown Museum they were in business from 1901 to 1929.

This is a 16 inch Jack plane. It has a single blade (no cap iron)

The handle was broke in several places. I really didn’t think I could save it. I had to glue it in 2 glueings to get it right. I planed it to get the really bad layer off. The between cabinet scraper and sanding, it came out as you see it. The button was replaced with a piece of wenge.

Thanks for looking.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#1 posted 11-12-2011 06:04 AM

Another good job Don, you have vision. I might of had to let that one go…shows what I know. Looks great from the scary before photo.

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#2 posted 11-12-2011 06:40 PM

Good save !! Can’t wait to see the shavings !

-- Carl, Iowa

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#3 posted 11-16-2011 08:03 AM

At pic 4 & 5 I would have been dismayed but you were not, and a worker has come back to life from the dead.
Now it’s a comfortable friend for somebody after your careful restoration.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#4 posted 11-29-2011 05:49 AM

I am with the other guys. I think I would have scavenged that one for parts. A couple of questions if you don’t mind. Did you have to flatten the soul much? If yes, did that open up the mouth? Did you use glue or poxy in the large checks? Or did you leave them alone and let the BLO tend to the old scars?
A great refurb Don. She should help improve your GI;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#5 posted 11-29-2011 01:50 PM

Did you have to flatten the soul much? One this one, believe it or not, NO. I just used my #4 1/2 to clean it up.
If yes, did that open up the mouth?

Did you use glue or poxy in the large checks? Or did you leave them alone and let the BLO tend to the old scars? I will often mix glue and sawdust for the bigger cracks. Let that dry and then sand and BLO.

I haven’t got back to this one yet. It doesn’t take shavings the way it should. The mouth may be a bit to wide or something else is wrong. I may turn it into a scrub, I don’t have a wooden scrub, so this may foot the bill.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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