Dream hand plane! Thanks Bertha.

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Project by studie posted 05-20-2012 11:16 PM 2533 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some folks need a kick in the a$$ to get things done! For me to find time to fulfill a dream to get an old hand plane to work much less look good is hard to find. Recently a good friend gave me this old Shipwright plane that he used to the point of smoking the sole! I just lightly sanded the top & sides, then after flattening the sole W/sandpaper on the TS wet sanded with Dalys ship & shore using #400 wet sanding paper. It feels soooo smooth and looks like a chunk of history.

My thanks to all LJs for the inspiration you share Thru projects, blogs or just as important a comment on a post.

Berthas blog of favorite hand planes may go on for decades (hopefully) I can’t seem to put pix on blogs so far so this is my favorite hand plane for Bertha. Thanks Al, And all!

-- $tudie

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#1 posted 05-20-2012 11:20 PM

Nice job – I love old tools and have a small collection of them myself.

They can teach us a lot about the craft we all love so much!

I love the look of this plane – very rugged. It looks like it had a lot of great years of service and now, hopefully, many more!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#2 posted 05-20-2012 11:41 PM

wow, they look great. Well done.

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#3 posted 05-21-2012 03:13 AM

looks good I have a couple to do, I hope mine turn out as well

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#4 posted 05-21-2012 09:04 AM

Congrat with the wonderful planes.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 05-21-2012 07:15 PM

thanks for sharing they deffently look like they have a tale or two to tell
if they cuold speak
but since you obv. got detracted of its buty in them
and forgot the oblique photos with lost curly shaves .. LOL
we have to ask do they perform :-)


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#6 posted 05-21-2012 08:52 PM

Dennis, thanks for asking. See my last post on how I can sharpen the irons with the Tormek. I got a small cut while handling one so have to be careful! The big ones I haven’t used yet and can understand that setting them up is just as important as having them sharp. The wedge type seems fussy to me but the previous owner can show how to get it working. I need to try this thing out tho so off to find a huge board to plane. The smaller ones like the #5 Baily work so sweet and I finally now hear what others are talking about, that sound! And the best part is now I can touch them up quickly now that the bevels are true.

-- $tudie

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#7 posted 05-22-2012 08:58 AM

:-) now you deffently is lost … hearing a well tuned plane sing
while using it yourself and there is noway back … :-))

yes you have to fuzzle a bit more with a woodenplane compared
with an ironplane just remember it goes quicker if you only
tap very light with a small mallet
there is quite a few vidioclips both on L J and you-tube that show
how you handle woodenplanes under finetuning
never bee brute on a woodenplane

good luck may you get the best out of them

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#8 posted 05-22-2012 11:40 AM

Totally spectacular!!!

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

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#9 posted 05-22-2012 11:00 PM

Thanks Dennis, I will look for the clips. That we can see so much information now makes learning fast. I guess I need to make a real bench now so I can clamp some big wood for the planes. Now look what you’ve done Al. It’s all your fault my new obsession. I have always loved to look at my planes but now I will use them now that they are sharp!

-- $tudie

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#10 posted 05-23-2012 12:25 AM

very nice. They look great. I’ll bet they are happy to be back in service.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#11 posted 06-08-2012 12:04 PM

Nice job. Congrats. Enjoy it.

-- Jiri

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