Stanley plane handles size XL

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Project by exelectrician posted 540 days ago 2269 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.

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#1 posted 540 days ago

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

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#2 posted 540 days ago

Lee Valley Handle Templates

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#4 posted 540 days ago

Nice job, that for the tint formula.

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#5 posted 540 days ago

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.

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#6 posted 540 days ago

The fit and finish is beautiful! Well done!

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#7 posted 540 days ago

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 540 days ago

Very nice!

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#9 posted 540 days ago

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

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#10 posted 540 days ago

Nice line up and a superb stain color…BC

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#11 posted 540 days ago

Nice… They look great!

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#12 posted 540 days ago

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 540 days ago

Great work, thanks for the pics and the link

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#14 posted 540 days ago

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

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#15 posted 540 days ago

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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