LumberJocks

Japanese Kiwa Kanna - back to life

  • Advertise with us
Project by mafe posted 240 days ago 1642 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Japanese Kiwa Kanna
back to life

I got this beautiful old Kiwa Kanna (skewed hand plane) from Japan, for next to nothing, fully aware of the crack in the body.
The truth is I bought it with out hoping to restore it, out of interest and to study it.
But when I got it I realized that it was fixable.
And so I gave it a shot, to see if I could bring it back to life.

Pictures:
1. Crack.
2. Drilling into the body, shows that there are metal inside…
3. Cut the end to get to the metal and look what I dig out, I also make a piece of hardwood to close it up after.
4. A Danish coin will be the washer on the threaded rod that will fix the problem, this to give it a new history.
5. After bolting it together, time to glue the hardwood in place.
6. Crack closed up, body restored – plane back to life.

I choose to let the repair be visible, think this is more honest.
It works as a dream after a sharpening and so it is now in use with my Japanese tools.

You can read more about Kanna’s in my Japanese tools blog series:
http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/series/4203

(Another post from the never posted archive – lol).

_Hope it can be a inspiration to fix and not give up,

Best thoughts,

MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.





19 comments so far

View bobasaurus's profile

bobasaurus

1174 posts in 1782 days


#1 posted 240 days ago

Very nice job fixing up this old plane. Finding metal when cutting into unknown wood is always annoying, and sometimes expensive as blades are destroyed… glad you got that nail out of there.

-- Allen, Colorado

View madts's profile

madts

1233 posts in 938 days


#2 posted 240 days ago

Pretty cool Mads. Nice fix.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

11063 posts in 1704 days


#3 posted 240 days ago

Way to go, Mads. It is back in service now. Those coins make good washers. What is it made of, brass?

Cheers, Jim

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

View Schwieb's profile

Schwieb

1478 posts in 2059 days


#4 posted 240 days ago

That’s why I keep a metal detector handy. I’ve ruined a few band saw blades sawing up “urban lumber” with nails in it. I even found a big rail road spike once. Nice work on the plane rehab. I continue to be impressed with your photographic documentation of your projects, posted or not.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

View Doe's profile

Doe

924 posts in 1428 days


#5 posted 240 days ago

Nice restore! The coin is a great touch.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

View Don W's profile (online now)

Don W

14633 posts in 1166 days


#6 posted 240 days ago

Nice save. Glad you found it.

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

View CFrye's profile

CFrye

2490 posts in 438 days


#7 posted 240 days ago

Autopsy turned resuscitation with a great outcome! Way to go Dr. Mads! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

View lanwater's profile

lanwater

3075 posts in 1532 days


#8 posted 240 days ago

That’s a great save Mafe.
A fancy name too. by the time you are done with the Japanese tools you will be fluent in the Japanese language.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

View stefang's profile

stefang

12572 posts in 1932 days


#9 posted 240 days ago

Nothing better than a venerable tool restored to usefulness Mads. I think tools must feel very secure in your hands.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View kiefer's profile

kiefer

2945 posts in 1265 days


#10 posted 240 days ago

Nice rehab and preservation ,you left a loving mark on the old tool.

-- Kiefer 松

View Dave Smith's profile

Dave Smith

21 posts in 242 days


#11 posted 240 days ago

Hej Mads,
You should look around at some of the antique stores and see if you can find a pile of the old 25 Ore coins, they have the predrilled hole. Perfect for washers. :)

Dave

-- Thanks! Dave ...

View Rick's profile

Rick

6455 posts in 1631 days


#12 posted 239 days ago

Very Nice Work Indeed Mads! Thanks For Sharing!

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

View planeBill's profile

planeBill

467 posts in 1007 days


#13 posted 239 days ago

A very involved rehab but it seems to have worked well so good for you. Nice job Mafe.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

View mafe's profile

mafe

9453 posts in 1687 days


#14 posted 238 days ago

Hi there, LJ’s,
Planebill, yes, amazing the struggle we go through in life, lol. If I was a carpenter I would probably have traced it, but the truth is I’m a rhykenologist first, then building technician and architect – so not much carpenter there. In other words I love bringing life back to old tools and things, hope someone will do that to me, when I grow old and useless. Smiles.
Rick, thank you back.
Dave, actually there are a hole in the coins I used (new Danish kroner), the problem was that the hole was to small, laugh. But you are completely right, the old Danish 25 øre was famous for being good washers. What’s your relation to this?
Kiefer, a mark of love and care I hope, I believe it is the best mark we can leave. ;-)
Mike, it feels wonderful in my hand and I feel lucky to pass it on to new generations hopefully one day, after having used it.
Ian, laughs, I think it will rain frogs before I speak Japanese, but hope to get to Japan one day.
Candy, Dr. MaFe San… lol, specialist in suffering tools…
Don, thanks, I know we share a love there.
Doe, perhaps it even added a little value…
Ken, you can see you are not the only doctor now… Yes I think I will give my metal detector a better place in my workshop since I often use urban wood.
Jim, no some sort of steel I think, they are really hard.
Madts, Smiles here.
Bobasaurus, no tools suffered under this blog…
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

View Roger's profile

Roger

14114 posts in 1402 days


#15 posted 235 days ago

You’ll get it back in shape

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

showing 1 through 15 of 19 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase