Reconditoning Dad's old plane

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 09-20-2013 08:11 PM 2381 views 0 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was looking at a recent post of plane that was reconditioned and I had mine out to flatten some red cedar recently and thought it should be reconditioned too. This is an old plane I inherited from my dad . It is made in the USA but has no name on it anywhere. The handle had broken 50 years ago and we glued it together with some wood splinters missing. I took it all apart, sandblasted the inside where the paint was chipped, polished all the screw heads and lacquered them and epoxied up those missing splinters in the handle and refinished the wood. I sanded all the bare metal parts and took a grinder to all the rough unfinished edges of the steel housing so it looked finished all over. I sharpened the blade and then put a wax coating on all the bare metal parts.
I still had the buffing wheels on the lathe so I buffed the wood parts and waxed them too on the lathe.
Then I tried it out and she cuts real nice! In that last shot I laid it on it side because I was in a Scott Phillips seminar where where he said you should always lay the plane on the side when the blade is exposed to protect the edge, I guess I never forgot that even though I hardly ever use one!

I don’t use a plane much except for flattening boards before sending them through the planer so I do need one occasionally.

I’ll add this video of the Buffing system. It is like the one I bought only I made the arbor and it screws onto the 1”-8 spindle instead of going into the Morse taper. Bob, this one’s for you in lieu of a blog on buffing. This says it all!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 09-20-2013 08:16 PM

great looking job on refurnishing that plane. Since it has some meaning to you I’m sure its even more enjoyable to use.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 09-20-2013 08:17 PM

Nice! But, know its to pretty to use! Lol

-- Izzy Swan - A Creative Thinkers approach to Woodworking

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#3 posted 09-20-2013 08:32 PM

Good to see it back in use. Wonder how long it will take to multiply. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 09-20-2013 08:45 PM

Very well done Jim

-- Ron Campbell

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#5 posted 09-20-2013 08:55 PM

Very nicely done—looks great all over.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 09-20-2013 10:56 PM

Nice restoration of the plane Jim, will be a nice keepsake. Thanks for the video, good info but Beale systems
cost an arm and a leg out here. Don Doyle of has a buffing rod included in his reverse hollowing system which is an excellent product and I have ordered the buffing waxes and buffers. I have been using his rubber chucks and the are working out great. Thanks again for sharing.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#7 posted 09-20-2013 11:06 PM

It looks brand new now , Jim : ) Wonderful job on it. I’m sure Dad is smiling.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 09-20-2013 11:11 PM

Very professional looking restoration Jim. Thanks for sharing the video.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 09-20-2013 11:23 PM

Nice job Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 09-20-2013 11:54 PM

Great looking plane. Lots more memories to make.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#11 posted 09-21-2013 12:18 AM

Thank you all very much for the nice comments. My dad did not do fine woodworking but he did a lot of carpenter work- all with hand tools. We never had a car until I was about 12 and that is about the time we got a power Skill Saw. He could do wonders with that plane and I learned to use it and a draw shave to make bow for shooting arrows. I remember the bow I made was from our mulberry tree. I had it planed and shaped and spent a lot of time making it look good and it worked real good until it dried out. I pulled it back then and it cracked in the center.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 09-21-2013 12:37 AM

COOL simple system…

... for a lathe…

I dunt got no lathe… :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#13 posted 09-21-2013 01:24 AM

Nice restoration Jim. It sure cleaned up really nice.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#14 posted 09-21-2013 02:02 AM

Very nice restoration job there Jim…looks like new again and I imagine you get some smooth fine shavings from it.
Excellent job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#15 posted 09-21-2013 03:30 AM

What, no before shot????
The plane looks great. Careful though, collecting and rehabbing planes is addicting…
Especially if you get involved with the handplanes of your dreams thread.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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