|Forum topic by Marn64||posted 05-04-2016 02:07 AM||652 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
05-04-2016 02:07 AM
I was 14 when I was introduced to woodworking. At the time, I had neither the money nor the space to get power tools, so out of circumstance I bought a 30 some dollar No. 4 Kobalt Bench Plane. At first it was miserable, and I felt like I was getting nowhere with it. Well now I am almost 17, and about to be a senior in high school and now exclusively use hand tools; axes, saws, hand drills, and, of course, planes (thanks to Don W’s blog for giving me the hand plane addiction). I no longer rely on the Kobalt, as I now own a No. 6 and a No. 7 Stanley (the latter I restored, if you’ve seen my first posts). However, I still kept that Kobalt, and after neglecting it for about a year and a half to two years I decided to completely overhaul it. I came up with this idea when I realized that it is a pure carbon copy of a Stanley type 20. I also decided to do this because it seemed to be fitting to make the plane that inspired and led me to my passion for traditional woodworking work as best as it could.
here is the plane
I sanded the enamel off the rim of the plane to make it more reminiscent of a stanley
Blade was scary sharpened up to 1500 grit sandpaper
I refined the cap iron to sit with the blade, it used to have terrible gaps (it still has a extremely small one on the left side, but never jams up)
Stripped the garish looking poly varnish on the oak tote and knob, replaced it with BLO
I squared up the mouth and lapped the sole and sides (still have a bit of lapping left to do)
Shaving from a scrap piece of Cherry
Incredibly smooth surface left behind
All in all, I would like to say, don’t dismiss a plane just because its not a Stanley or Veritas or Lie Nielsen. Yeah, sure this plane is not made at that quality but it sure isn’t a BAD plane. This is why I will always be a believer in the beginners plane, sure, it may not be made 100 years ago in New Britain (p.s. I’m CERTAINLY not badmouthing Stanley), or an expensive piece ductile cast iron with fancy bronze fittings (I may or may not be casting shade at LN for its price tag…..I’m not bitter…..much!), but you know what? it works pretty darn well, and for that, I’m pretty happy.
Also sorry if this post comes off as kinda silly, long winded, and/or storybookish, I’m just a bad writer.
-- Benjamin, Milwaukee