refurbishing old tools #2: fore plane, rabbit and 2 bead molding planes

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Blog entry by Dave posted 02-07-2011 03:50 AM 2889 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The day started with me preheating my shop with my kerosene heater. I fixed myself a tall cup of coffee and off I went. I could not wait to start on my [new to me] planes. I wanted to start on one of the 2 fore planes but I knew the time it would take to work on the iron. So I started on the rabbit skew plane.

It was in excellent condition. The main problem is the very corner of the back of the iron is a little concave. With a few sharpening’s it will come into the correct flatness. I placed the iron in the bed and it produced a rabbit with beautiful shavings. It was made by H. L. Naramore Goshen Mass. circa 1865-1872

Then i got started on the bead molding planes. The first was a 3/8 bead molding plane made by Shiverick circa 1865-67. It needs major honing. I do not have a slip-stone that will do this properly. So it will be set aside for latter.

The next was a #10 bead made by Winstead Plane co. out of Winchester CT circa unknown.

It was in very good condition and the iron needed very little attention. It is a 3/4 and produced sufficient shavings.

Then with most of the day left I started on my first fore plane. It is from Alex Mathieson & Sons Glasgow Scotland. I will need to investigate the markings more to pin the manufacture date down. But its between 1841-19xx.

I started by dis-assembly and checking the flatness of the bed. This plane has seen some abuse. The throat is hollowed a bit. But with some sanding the toe, mouth and tail are in the same plane.

The cap iron was in fare shape and only needed flattening and a good polish.

I honed on the iron for 2 solid hours. I am right at the edge of turning a burr and my arm needs a break.

I will continue in a day or two.

Seeing how I now have 3 fore planes. I metal and 2 wood. The setup possibilities are mind boggling. hew;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#1 posted 02-07-2011 03:58 AM

boy that looks like a fun day

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#2 posted 02-07-2011 04:06 AM

That is a good day’s work. Thanks for including what you could find on the history too. I enjoyed following along.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 02-07-2011 04:14 AM

It was Robert, swirt most of the old tools i have, are stamped with the owner’s name on them. Ma-bee one day I will come across a famous furniture maker on a rare plane.. owwww

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#4 posted 02-07-2011 01:26 PM

Looks like you are having fun there Dave. The shavings off that first one were really impressive. I can see you using there a lot after you’re finished restoring them.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 02-07-2011 08:12 PM

very interesting. I hope to see more.

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#6 posted 02-07-2011 08:22 PM

I’m jealous of that skew! She’s a beauty. Excellent work!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 02-07-2011 11:08 PM

thx Mike, ratchet and Bertha

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#8 posted 02-08-2011 11:01 PM

that scew realy works well :-)

not bad for a few hours work ,ceep up the good work but don´t rush :-)

I returned home yesterday after an overnight at my mother becourse my Daughter
had to visit a dentist speciallist and brought back 2/3 of my little teaser from last
bragging gloat and what I feared about the framed planes as a picture was right
they were glued on so fortunaly I had my jiigsaw with me so I cuold cut around them
now I just have to figur out how to get the rest of :-)
but among them there is a scewed rabbet with adjusteble mouth …yubiii
so more work to me…LOL

take care

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#9 posted 02-08-2011 11:07 PM

When you get finished with them you can take a lot of pride in them. May you be happy in your work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 02-09-2011 02:15 AM

your right Dennis I am rushing. I wanted to go through them once and then fine tune each one. I have started honing the first fore plane and I am in to about 3 hours. The first burr is almost starting to form. I have almost shortened the iron on my guide twice. But I want that first bevel to be right.
helluvawreck i will be very proud. I have been holding 5 very nice pieces of curly maple just for this.;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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