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refurbishing old tools #19: Coffin Smoother part 2

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Blog entry by Dave posted 06-20-2012 02:14 AM 4398 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 18: Refurbishing an eBay $10 traditional smoother Part 19 of refurbishing old tools series Part 20: Traditional Moulding Plane »

A little more on the history of our American Planes.
Prison Labor was used by a lot of plane makers.
From the early 1800’s development efforts appear to be aimed at reducing labor costs and those reductions translated to a steady decline in the quality of wooden planes. American plane makers seem to have led the way in the effort save labor but British planes also suffered from the effects of cost cutting. The ultimate expression of this cost cutting probably was the use of prison labor by some US plane makers. Some of the changes include standardizing wedge thickness to two or three sizes, ill advised introduction of early machine production, reducing efforts at chamfering and shoulder details. Each of these has cascading results that impair the function, feel and quality of the planes.

Now after about an hour of sharpening on the Tormek, I finally got the chips out of the iron. I reassembled the plane and trued up the bottom.
Here are the results.

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



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#1 posted 06-20-2012 02:22 AM

Great stuff Dave. Really awesome video and blog. Thanks for sharing it and taking the time.

All the best,

Joe

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#2 posted 06-20-2012 02:26 AM

Joe you are so kind. Thank you for your time as well.

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

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#3 posted 06-20-2012 02:28 AM

So you are saying that making shavings in the shop beats crawling around in the hot attic of a school?? :)

Looking good Dave – looks like the superglue is holding up! Got the tunes and the thin shavings flying…....only thing missing is safety cat?

Nicely done….....

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#4 posted 06-20-2012 02:38 AM

Thanks Jeff. The cat only shows up when the electrons are being killed. He doesn’t like hand tools there to quiet.
The super glue did better than I thought. Time and use will tell the real story.

Anything with super for a first name has got to (insert joke here)

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

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#5 posted 06-20-2012 02:40 AM

Yeah – your folks were ahead of the times naming you Super…...big business now!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#6 posted 06-20-2012 06:55 AM

You did an awesome job on that coffin smoother Dave. Well worth all the effort you put into it. Thanks for sharing.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#7 posted 06-20-2012 10:17 AM

That coffin plane looks great. That super glue looks like it is holding up well.

-- Tim- http://www.asliceofwoodworkshop.com; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/asliceofwood

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#8 posted 06-20-2012 11:23 AM

Andy you are welcome, thank you.
Tim the glue was a good choice. It was that or e-poxy. I hate e-poxy. It is messy.
Thanks guys.

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

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#9 posted 06-20-2012 12:41 PM

Appreciate the history lesson super. Really gr8 rebirth o that coffin plane

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#10 posted 06-20-2012 02:54 PM

this is a great series. I’ve only read parts 18 and 19 so far. Looking forward the the first 17 parts. i picked up a set of 11 wooden planes on cl last fall for less than a grant. One is like your coffin smoother (with a crack in almost the same place). Others range from 6” to 29”. Names I’ve found so far are Chapin, Stokie, Bodman & hussey, R(B?)uxton Pond, New York Tool (Auburn), Shiverick & malcolm. I’ve cleaned up a couple (using only mineral spirits on the wood). Most of the irons are in decent shape (rustwise), but have been wondering how to clean and repair them without hurting them too much. Will try your method.
Thank You, I think I will learn a lot from your series.

Michael

-- Mike

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#11 posted 06-20-2012 04:08 PM

Thanks Roger. Enjoyed you stopping by.

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

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#12 posted 06-20-2012 04:12 PM

Me5269 I would love to see the results of your restorations. If you have any questions please ask and I will try my best to help. There are more than two ways to skin a cat and other people have different methods to get the same results. The method I use for rust removal is the cheapest I can find and works very well. A lot of guys use evaporust and that can get costly. Thank you for your comments.

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

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#13 posted 06-20-2012 09:40 PM

Dave, I would like to order 2 sheets of that veneer that you’re making…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#14 posted 06-20-2012 10:08 PM

On there way Marty. What flavor would you like.

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

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#15 posted 06-21-2012 01:17 AM

I liked the video.
So how many planes do you own, have you rehabbed??
I have some Evaporust, but I’m going to try the electrolysis. I like the low cost approach.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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