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06-23-2010 12:02 AM

I have seen sompting about. Usuing a hand plain instead of sanding? Can it be done how what kind of plain t start with a mid price one just haven’t heard of this iidea befor

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#1 posted 06-23-2010 12:07 AM

Many folks claim a good enough surface that’s ready to finish with just the use of a plane or scraper but I’ve never been able to achieve that’, I think many that clam this use japanese planes

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#2 posted 06-23-2010 12:30 AM

I hand plane my surfaces all the time. The trick is having a very well tuned plane. You can buy books on tuning old hand planes or you can buy a new Lie Nielsen or Veritas. All my planes are old tuned up ones because I can’t afford the new ones. I wrote a blog a few months ago about restoring a Stanley No 7 jointer. Maybe it will help.

The first three planes you should buy are a block plane, No 4 smooth plane and a No 7 jointer. The reason you need three is because planes are like golf clubs, you need a set to perform well.

Using hand planes over sandpaper has been a God send for me as I no longer choke on saw dust.

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#3 posted 06-23-2010 01:30 AM


Thanks for your link to restoring an old hand plane. I have a Bailey No. 5 Jack Plane I got off e-Bay for $20 and it looks horrid. It’s been sitting in my workshop for about a year. I am going to give your method a shot.

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#4 posted 06-23-2010 03:04 AM

Mike, Go for it! Evap-O-Rust is wonderful stuff!

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#5 posted 06-23-2010 05:35 AM

Definitely possible. it is harder with wood that has knots in it due to the extreme rising and falling grain.

Finewoodworking just did a “shootout” on this a few issues back.

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#6 posted 06-23-2010 06:00 AM

Almost everything I make I use a plane at some point or another which I feel really helps to fine tune my project. I don’t know I would entirely leave off the sanding though. There are just certain areas that planing does not work as well. I have spent hours setting my plane up and feel mine is pretty dialed in.

Mvflaim- Funny you mention it, I was cleaning out the basement at the family cabin this last weekend and came across a Stanely plane that I believe was a number 7. This thing is COVERED in rust, I quickly asked my brothers if they wanted it and they looked at me like I was kidding. I knew the potential to restore this plane and packed it away to take with me right away.

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#7 posted 07-05-2010 05:56 PM


I used the Evap-O-Rust like your recommend and it works great. I didn’t have any Kramer’s so used some wax. I tried this on a Stanley hand plane (not very old) before trying it on my Bailey No. 5.

Before picture …

After picture …

I found the initials JEB on the base while cleaning it up …

I am very happy with the results.

Orlando, FL

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#8 posted 07-06-2010 12:53 AM

Hey, Mike, are you sure that plane doesn’t belong to your ex-governor?

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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