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Project by Don W posted 03-05-2013 02:57 AM 1961 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went by an antique shop I frequent from time to time. The owner had stuffed a few jewels in a tool box for me.

I started with the longest plane. Its 26 inches long. When I first started working it I thought it was chestnut, but it turns out to be beech.

The blade is marked W. Hill. I couldn’t find much on it but its one of the hardest irons I’ve ever sharpened. I little refinishing and sharpening. The iron still has some pretty major pits. I think this may be a nice mantle piece, but its a NICE mantle piece.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com





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ShaneA

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#1 posted 03-05-2013 03:32 AM

Nice, the iron looks like it had seen better days, amazing it cleaned up well as it did. You can display it next to the cooper’s plane, or are you using that one?

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#2 posted 03-05-2013 03:41 AM

When the owner of the antique store starts putting stuff on the side for you, that’s probable a sign that the addiction has gotten out of control. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 03-05-2013 05:05 AM

some really nice planes, and i agree with charlie…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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bluekingfisher

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#4 posted 03-05-2013 09:11 AM

Nice old tool and a good refurb, the blade does look a little suspect though?

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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Don W

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#5 posted 03-05-2013 12:36 PM

When the owner of the antique store starts putting stuff on the side for you, that’s probable a sign that the addiction has gotten out of control.

Those signs started a long time ago Charlie.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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terryR

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#6 posted 03-05-2013 01:55 PM

Nice work, Don! That iron is scary-looking.

Just curious…did the store owner GIVE these jewels to you? or charge money?

:)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Don W

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#7 posted 03-05-2013 02:01 PM

I paid $25 for the lot.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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terryR

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#8 posted 03-05-2013 02:34 PM

I rekon that’s not a bad price considering how much fun you’ll get out of the restorations…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Don W

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#9 posted 03-05-2013 02:37 PM

I’m hoping not all irons are as bad as this one.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#10 posted 03-05-2013 03:44 PM

Nice work in giving it some dignity back. A damn shame the iron is so far gone; i’ve not seen one like that before.

Always good to see your work Don. Thank you for sharing.

-- ~Tony

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#11 posted 03-05-2013 04:12 PM

Another great save Don!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#12 posted 03-05-2013 08:22 PM

Well I don’t think you could have treated it any better than you did Don. If it is too far gone to be a decent user, you’ve got a nice lot of beech there to repair any hornless saw totes you come across.

-- 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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Don W

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#13 posted 03-05-2013 08:27 PM

I don’t know Andy, a new blade is just a phone call away.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#14 posted 03-06-2013 02:44 AM

Very nice as usual Don!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#15 posted 03-06-2013 02:50 AM

I am not talking to you right now. It would take me 6 months to find that many.
;)
All kidding aside Don that looks great. I do approve of this post. Well done.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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