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01-10-2010 06:21 AM

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Today while the wife and I hit the antique mall, i purchased 2 wooden block planes in really good shape. one is 22 inches and one is a whoping 30 inches long.

As i have never owned wooden planes before I have some questions.

1) both appear to need flattning—How should i go about that.

2) both have plugs in the front where where the forgrip would be. are those removable so i can put a forgrip on them (especially the 30 inch)? if so, how do i remove the plugs

3) one seems a little on the dry side… is there anything i should treat them with?


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#1 posted 01-10-2010 07:31 AM

It wuold be nice if we can see some pictur´s of them
that will make it a lot esayer

1) you place them in a vice upside down and check for varping and then use a pencil to highlite the
high spot to see were something had to be moved
and then you place a straight square block on the sand paper on a flat area and lap it
but you can see in one of this guy´s vidiopodcast
he is realy knowing a lot abaut wooden planes

2) foto needed to see what you meen

3) you can use boiled linsed oil as the old guy´s did


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#2 posted 01-10-2010 08:23 AM

The 30” plane is a jointer plane. The 22” plane is probably a fore plane.

1) Be sure you need to flatten the bottom. You will open the mouth of the plane if you remove much materal. If the mouth is two wide you can install patches. In addition to sand paper some people use a jointer set to take a very light cut or a flat jointer plane upside down in a bench vice to remove material.

2) The plugs are most likely locations to strike the plane with a hammer and not the location of a handle.

3) Agree BLO.

If you can find a copy the following book has lots of info on restoring old tools including wooden planes.

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#4 posted 01-10-2010 05:27 PM

The video really helped alot. thanks for the site. now… to the shop !

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