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refurbishing old tools #6: Wedged plow plane

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Blog entry by Dave posted 02-28-2011 04:40 AM 2104 reads 0 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Had a small amount of time today to work on my plow plane.
Need a wedge built.

I used navel jelly, brasso, mill file and sandpaper to clean most of the steel and brass hardware.

I oiled it with linseed oil. On all the parts and pieces. Put her back together and this is what I got.

Now for a test run. This is the first time with me and this type of plane.

Not bad a little heavy on the shaving. But its joinery not finish planing.

This is only pine I need to test it on something a little harder.

Ok I have been at this journey for 19th century planes for a little under a month. I have purchased 13 different planes for about $300.00. I could not help but take inventory of what I have so far.

Now I am on a mission for a good set of matched tongue and groove.

Sorry guys dont mean to sound like I am bragging but I am so proud of what I have gotten done with your help. And the really good users I have now. Thanks for reading;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com



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swirt

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#1 posted 02-28-2011 05:31 AM

Great looking plough plane. Fast and quiet way to make grooves.

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William

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#2 posted 02-28-2011 05:39 AM

I am impressed. I have seen some plane collections. Yours looks to me like museum pieces though.
You came to my shop the other day and pulled out that GIANT wooden plane. I had only seen one like that once before. It is hung in an old hardware store called Haden’s Hardware here in town. I asked the guy working there once if I could get a better look at it (it’s hung up so high). He told me he’d love to show me but that the owner would fire him if he touched it.
I didn’t tell you then, I wanted to pick it up and look it over real good when you laid that one on my table. I was kind of scared of it though. I could just imagine me picking it up and (with my luck) something falling off of it, hitting the floor, and busting in to millions of pieces. I know that sounds silly, but with my ignorance of hand planes, I figured it was best for me to leave it alone.
One day though, I want to get down to your shop and see you actually use a couple of these old gems.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Dave

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#3 posted 02-28-2011 06:01 AM

Thanks swirt, I mutilated a 2 by 6 and man was it fun.

Hey William you wait till you come to my shop. I am going to put them in you hands and let you go to town. I have them because I like the low noise they produce. I got them to be used. I do respect the history. But I really think, the men 150 or so years ago would rather see them used for there intent. There are plenty in museums. Most every one I find I have to repair it. That is part of what I like.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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William

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#4 posted 02-28-2011 06:19 AM

Uh, I don’t think so. I failed to tell you why I don’t invest the money into hand planes. I don’t because they would be only a collection. I am fascinated with them because of the history of them. However, I did buy one once upon a time. Had a guy I know check it over real good. He sharpened the blade for me so sharp I could have shaved with it. So I went back to my shop with all the excitement you could imagine and started some pine. Soft enough wood.
It took very little time for my back to tell me that hand planes are definately not for me.
It’s the same reason I don’t use scrapers, draw knives, and anything else that requires constant pushing or pulling towards or away from me. It does a number on my back.
I do like seeing others use them though.
Something else I enjoy is seeing someone like you take these that are 100+ years old and bring them back to life instead of hanging them on a wall.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Dave

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#5 posted 02-28-2011 06:28 AM

Ok I got it we will epoxy an extension cord into one. You hold it and I’ll plug it in and we will see what happens.
jk;)
You know I did not even think of your back. Dude sorry!
Do you remember stuckies? They had a corncob with a power cord hanging out of it. The package said Electric a$% Wiper. My dad bought 10 of em and gave out for Christmas. My pops was nuts. His son to.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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lilredweldingrod

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#6 posted 02-28-2011 07:12 AM

Hey superdav,This is the rechargeable model. and you can talk on it once…...before you use it

Not near as nice as your plane.

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William

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#7 posted 02-28-2011 07:20 AM

Now that just made my night. I remembered stuckeys. I did not remember the electric wipers though.
That is hilarious.
And I can see the need for the rechargeable ones. I don’t remember too many outhouses with electricity.
Can you still buy them?
We do a gag gift on someone every year for Chirstmas. SuperD gave me the perfect idea for next years gag gift.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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lilredweldingrod

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#8 posted 02-28-2011 07:55 AM

You have seen the putter with the 100 foot cord I made for a customer. That was before cell phones and rechargeable batteries.

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Dave

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#9 posted 02-28-2011 01:41 PM

Thats funny stuff. Take 2 plug-ins and place a small antenna on the end of each one. Remote control extension cord.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#10 posted 02-28-2011 05:20 PM

that plow came out pretty good superdav :-)
congrat´s both with that one but allso with all the others
now you need to make a real copy of the old toolchest to have them in
like seatons toolchest
http://www.wkfinetools.com/tMaking/art/seatonChest/Part1/sChest1.asp

by the way don´t never expect anything than rough schavings from a plowplane
and some tear oiut in the bottom of the groove , becourse it can´t be different do to
the way they are build

and if you use it across the grain then make sawcuts first or score with a knife
the score can help too a long the grain to start with

take care
Dennis

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Dave

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#11 posted 02-28-2011 08:47 PM

Thanks Dennis you are always a great help

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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lilredweldingrod

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#12 posted 02-28-2011 08:53 PM

Wow, Dennis. That Seaton Chest is a beautiful build. Do we see one of these in your future?

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Dennisgrosen

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#13 posted 02-28-2011 11:19 PM

:-) Rand you deffently have high hope´s for me …lol and thank´s
but you have right about it , I have come back to this chest several times during the last
three years and somehow just can´t get it out of my head , I know Swartz made one in a way
and has made his anarcist toolchest more or less out from that
and I do admire the toolcollection in it too ….maybee thats the reason the chest tickle my hand :-)
but I have 4-6 other cabinets and chests I admire too and what it is going to bee on the long lane
I realy don´t know yet it seems to be a hard decission as to shoose what kind of a bench
people want to build
but for wooden planes a chest will proppebly be the right thing to do

take care
Dennis

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lilredweldingrod

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#14 posted 02-28-2011 11:53 PM

Dennis,
Keep in mind that if you feel you lack the skill to do this build, then get the cheapest wood around; pallets or crates, or whatever and practice on these until you you get there. You are not going to learn any younger, unless you have a time machine to go back to your teenage years. I lack skills in woodworking, so I do mock ups in cheap pine or oak before I ruin the exotic woods.lol I know you are limited as to the wood available.
Plan A…Let me check and see how much to send you enough pine to practice on. If I can swing it, I’ll do it.
If David Nelson did it with the old tools, then you should be set to tackle a couple of practice chests with your restored treasures.
Plan B…Do yo have a pay pal account? It might be cheaper to buy to wood there and just send the funds. This would get you more wood and longer pieces as well.

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Dennisgrosen

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#15 posted 03-01-2011 02:33 AM

Rand :
don´t worry you can bett I will hunt down pine like a hurrycane in a near future
to pratice on with my used new to me tools
and I migt as well building some cheapeeeeee box´s for the tools to stay in and ready
to be moved with out geting damaged under the movement when we get the house sold
and still have easy access to them….well I better might contact the police when the time come
and say there will be a haveyload transport coming thrugh…..move over …..LOL

take care
Dennis

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