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Project by bandit571 posted 618 days ago 1328 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

for an old plane. Black Walnut for both the front knob, done on the lathe, and the rear tote. Tote was a mix of bandsawing to shape, and a drill press to drill a few holes, and shape the outside. Two coats of Boiled Linseed Oil for the finish. Tote is a little over-sized, and is design to fit my hands. Knob is an exact copy of the broken original knob, I used the old knob as a pattern.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use





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Oldtool

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#1 posted 618 days ago

Very nice fix up. Put that new plane to use and have fun.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Kevin

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#2 posted 618 days ago

Nice job. I have a couple planes with plastic handles that I’ve been wanting to make wood handles for. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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bandit571

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#3 posted 618 days ago

I try to use the old handles as a pattern. I need to know where the bolt comes through on the totes, as Sargent totes are different the Stanley tote are different from Union totes. DAMHIKT. I also need to know how tall the knob is, so I can re-use the bolt. The MkII Eyeball Copier for the lathe are my two eyeballs. I just hold the pattern against the (stopped) spindle to check how close i am.

The tote got a shaping with a small drum sander that chucks into the drill press. I just kept things moving until I liked the shape, and feel of the tote. I also held the tote like I would with it on the plane. It fits MY hands. Uncle Arthur has modified my fingers a bit, so the fit is a little complicated. Most
bolts have a “nut” on the end, I use that to judge how far down to drill the 7/16” hole.

While I was at the lathe, I also turned a knob for a Stanley style plane…

and gave both knobs a test fit…

As for a pattern for the tote…

the old tote works just fine. If the “horn” is broken off on some totes, just draw a couple lines out to mark out a new horn, or use another tote as a “horn pattern”.

Sanding: I will take a sander’s belt and make strips out of it. I rub the strip back and forth like shining a pair of shoes, going with the grain as best as I can. A little hand sanding, and it’s done. I don’t like a tote to be “glass-smooth” as I have to GRIP the tote in use. Less slick that way. 220 grit is about smooth enough.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Kevin

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#4 posted 618 days ago

Thanks for all the info, it will be very useful.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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LukieB

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#5 posted 618 days ago

Looking good Bandit, very nice work!

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Dusty56

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#6 posted 617 days ago

Great results and thank you for all of the extra info and pictures : )

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ic3ss

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#7 posted 617 days ago

I made a new tote for my Stanley #8 and I used the tote from my Millers Falls jack plane as a template to shape it. What I didn’t consider until after I had cut out the rough shape was how hard it was going to be to drill the hole for the long bolt at the desired angle. I like the way you did it much better, drill the hole then cut it out. Nice work. Me like.

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Jim55

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#8 posted 617 days ago

Nice job of keeping a fine tool in service.

I recently made one of those for an old plain I had. I love the feel of these old wooden handles. I just can’t stand plastic! Back in the day when people had to use hand tools all day long, they knew the importance of well fitting quality handles and how to make them!

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489tad

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#9 posted 616 days ago

Nice job.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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nobuckle

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#10 posted 616 days ago

Looks good to me. It’s always great to get an old tool back to work. I recently did that with an old POWRKRAFT hand plane. Check out the before and after.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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nobuckle

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#11 posted 616 days ago

Looks good to me. It’s always great to get an old tool back to work. I recently did that with an old POWRKRAFT hand plane. Check out the before and after.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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