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Forum topic by AaronK posted 09-21-2009 03:18 PM 1006 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AaronK

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09-21-2009 03:18 PM

I just got a good deal on two old smoothers off ebay. One is a nice millers falls – i plan on cleaning it up and putting it to its intended use. the other is a no name (says only “made in usa”) with relatively poor fit/finish. Nonetheless, it will function in some capacity.

I was wondering if there’s something else i could do with this? I was thinking i could turn it into a scrub plane, but then i dont plan on handplaning rough stock.

any ideas other than reselling?


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#1 posted 09-21-2009 04:47 PM

Boat anchor? ;-)

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#2 posted 09-21-2009 06:33 PM

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#3 posted 09-21-2009 06:43 PM

Doorstop?

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#4 posted 09-21-2009 07:52 PM

while these are all wonderfully creative, i was thinking about something a little more… conventional ;-)

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#5 posted 09-21-2009 09:45 PM

Really, I would tune it up just for the fun of it. It’s a great feeling to take a piece of junk and actually make it cut well. I know it can be done. I especially enjoy taking on old beat up wooden plane and see thin curls coming off. It always helps to have multiple planes anyway. I leave some set for thick cuts, and some for fine. That way I’m not constantly going back and forth. I frequently use cheaper planes for rougher work.

Maybe this is a better answer.

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#6 posted 09-21-2009 09:58 PM

Perhaps donating it to a new woodworker just staring up. I always read and hear of stories about people using their grandfathers or great grandfathers hand planes like the tool is a right of passage into developing basic skills. This seems like a perfect opportunity to dontate a tool that will help create a new woodworker and teach them some of the important skills involved with hand tools.

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#7 posted 09-22-2009 02:56 PM

hmm. i guess i’ll go with kent’s suggestion. i could use it for all the odd jobs i’ve been putting my block plane through.

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