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Stanley plane handles size XL

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Project by exelectrician posted 01-30-2013 10:52 PM 2568 views 16 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cut these handles using Lee Valley Tools free template out of hard sugar maple. To get the XL size I made my cut line 1/32” outside the line and used 1,1/16” thickness stock. Routed the excess in four gentle steps with a 1/2” carbide roundover bit.

Maple is difficult to stain dark, using fellow LJ’s advice I used RIT liquid dye in the following way: 9 capfulls of dark brown mixed with 2 capfulls of cherry red in 1 quart of very hot water. (I used my wifes electric serving buffet to get the mixture hot) submerge the handle for about 4 mins, untill the colour is just right. Dry over the register in the house for a day.

Seven to ten coats of teak oil with a very light sanding between the fourth and 5th coats gets the job done.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself





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nomercadies

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#1 posted 01-30-2013 10:57 PM

I like very much. Thank you for the recipe. How would we get such a template? Nice, nice work.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#2 posted 01-30-2013 11:34 PM

Lee Valley Handle Templates

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#3 posted 01-30-2013 11:36 PM

Nice.

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#4 posted 01-30-2013 11:58 PM

Nice job, that for the tint formula.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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exelectrician

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#5 posted 01-31-2013 12:07 AM

Thanks jholt32 for the template thread, I was on hold with Lee Vally Tools for awhile getting the the thread, and you jumped right in! Thanks again.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#6 posted 01-31-2013 12:22 AM

The fit and finish is beautiful! Well done!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Dave G

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#7 posted 01-31-2013 12:34 AM

Nice. What’s the occasion? Are you planning to sell a few? ( I don’t need just curious )

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#8 posted 01-31-2013 12:38 AM

Very nice!

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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grfrazee

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#9 posted 01-31-2013 01:41 AM

Very cool. I’ve been meaning to do this for a few of my planes. Love the dye job.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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#10 posted 01-31-2013 01:47 AM

Nice line up and a superb stain color…BC

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#11 posted 01-31-2013 01:56 AM

Nice…......work. They look great!

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#12 posted 01-31-2013 03:05 AM

Did you do the front knobs as well? I am planning on making some new sets for my planes as well and had not thought of increasing the size of the totes to accommodate my clumsy oversized hands. I like how the dye came out on them as well.

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#13 posted 01-31-2013 03:09 AM

Great work, thanks for the pics and the link

-- Norman

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exelectrician

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#14 posted 01-31-2013 06:07 AM

DaveG,
I am going to sell four No 5 Bailey planes. I use eBay quick and easy.
Tym,
I do not have a lathe so no, they will have to wait.
And thank you all for the kind comments.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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Brit

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#15 posted 01-31-2013 09:28 AM

Very nice work my friend.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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