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Posted on How can I attach the tote on an old wooden plane?

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#1 posted 02-28-2013 04:51 PM

You asked for photos and it’s taken me awhile to figure out how to do it.

Here are four photos showing the mortise with what appears as two screw holes.

This photo shows the tote being tipped into the mortise which must be done from the back first because the back of the mortise and my tote angle back as it goes downward.

I made my tote out of at least forty year old aged oak which I chose because of some age cracks and weathering which I thought would go better with this old plane. I’m not sure that was the best choice because it’s a little too age cracked. I need to do a little more sanding but not being a great craftsman, it probably won’t be much more. I have not yet put oil or any other finish on it. Unless advised otherwise, I may put a transparent stain on it and a coat of linseed oil.

Benvolio had a link to a good video where the fellow was gluing in the tote. I’m reluctant to do that because there is no indication that the first one was glued in. Mine won’t be authentic I know, but I also don’t want to stray too far.

I prefer to keep the old look of experience which this plane carries, but I would like to know from others if they think I should sand down the plane to new wood and fill the holes which look to me as if they were from insect damage, maybe even before the plane was manufactured.

I am open to suggestions on a finish. The plane was very dry and fairly light in color. I did not clean it first but just rubbed a coat of sunbleached linseed oil on it which gave it a much deeper color. I used sunbleached because I had sunbleached from artist’s paint materials and not because I thought it was better. If I should keep it as it is with just oil, should I also coat it with paste wax, which I have read to do?

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