|Review by BigDawg||posted 12-22-2012 12:13 AM||2943 views||2 times favorited||4 comments|
I recently acquired a Stanley #4, Type 11 plane which was in desperate need of restoration. I found the plane at a flea market for $6.00, so if it was a dog then what am I really out? The plane’s body, frog and lever cap were in good shape, so I decided to clean it up and make a user out of it. Unfortunately, both the knob and tote were in horrible shape, which leads me to this review. I found Bill Rittner on the internet after doing a Google search on replacement plane totes. As luck would have it, he actually lives only a couple of miles from me in Connecticut. I contacted him via his website and we arranged for me to come to his shop. I paid him and expected to get a call from him in three weeks as we had agreed. One week later he emailed me and said that my order was ready. WOW! What a difference. Bill makes his totes a little thicker than the factory produced originals and believe me, it does make a difference. I prefer the three finger grip when planing and the overall “feel” with the larger grip is remarkable. Rittner makes the knobs and totes using cherry and walnut, though he can make custom sets using other species. I ordered walnut for both the #4 and a Stanley #5 i had already fettled. The wood is finished with varnish. The set I purchased cost $40 plus shipping.
I think this is a fair deal for such nice work. To order a set, visit his website at www.hardwarecitytools.com or contact Bill Rittner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Shawn DuGay, Wallingford, CT http://www.bigdogwoodworks.com