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

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#1 posted 03-01-2013 11:07 PM

Woodthings, looks good to me. I have a plane with the exact same mortise style for the tote. Some of them had a screw in the front of it and it appears that yours did at one time. That tote absolutely fit entirely into the tenon which provides maximum strength. The strength of the tote cannot be made stronger by making it oversized as its strength is dictated by the mortise area. That is unless you were to make it with the grain running perpendicular to the plane body and totes are not constructed that way. The tote fits entirely in because you want the full strength provided by the handle which would make it less likely to shear off due to the forces encountered when planing. The plane in the above pictures has the same method of tote installation.

Here are couple of wood bodied planes with similar totes:

This plane is a Mathieson about 18” long, not sure of it’s age. Here it is with the tote removed. You can clearly see that the tote is not tenoned. The full width of the tote fits into the mortise. The darker plane seen above is a fore plane, about 18” long. You can see that the tote is fashioned the same way.

Yours looks like it is up to the task. Good Job!

-- Mike

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