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10-07-2016 10:58 PM

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Hey all,
So I recently found this Ohio Tool Co no 30 toothing plane, it is missing its blade and wedge. The body is in decent shape but it has some checking in it, and the wood is really dehydrated. What can I do to fill the checks and is there any way to hydrate the wood to prevent further checking? Will soaking it in Linseed Oil work?
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#1 posted 10-09-2016 12:15 PM


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#2 posted 10-09-2016 02:07 PM

Can you find a blade and wedge? Make one?
Soak in BLO. Many applications, and the wood will swell (some).


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#3 posted 10-09-2016 02:24 PM

Checks as in the plane had been subjected to a damp environment and is sort of punky? Clear epoxy maybe….

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#4 posted 10-09-2016 02:33 PM

Does the checking affect the operations or stability of the plane? Many of my wooden planes have checks and I just don’t worry about them as the plane works just fine with them.

I have never tried soaking my planes in BLO but I do apply a generous amount with the rag and let the wood soak it up.

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#5 posted 10-09-2016 02:57 PM

Would love to help but need pictures and more information

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#6 posted 10-09-2016 05:33 PM

Sorry I didn’t take pictures, here you go!

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#7 posted 10-10-2016 12:18 AM

I’d soak in BLO and fill what’s left with a wax type filler.

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#8 posted 10-10-2016 12:31 AM

That’s a VERY short stubby plane – I would not worry too much about it being an important tool in your arsenal and just clean it and give it a few coats of oil and a finish of paste wax. Looks like someone hammered the end of it, too.

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#9 posted 10-10-2016 03:20 AM

Just a little coffin smoother. Hammer marks are from loosening the iron. Actually, it looks more like a scraper type of plane. Where the iron goes almost straight down?

get a freezer bag, big enough to hold the plane, fill the bag with first the plane, then BLO. Seal the baggie, and let set overnight… Wipe it down in the morning, and see if it needs a second “coat” Add a big wad of putty where the iron and wedge go, you want bare wood there so the iron won’t slip & slide around in use.

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#10 posted 10-10-2016 04:43 PM

It does look beaten up. What is the point exactly of beating on the back end of a toothing plane?
Would it not make more sense to strike the top? (preferably on a striking pin)

Sorry, not to the question. Personally I wouldn’t worry about the checks at least until I had located a compatible toothing blade. They are a great tool if you have a use for them but toothing blades are scarce these days.

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#11 posted 10-11-2016 04:24 PM

I agree with Paul, I wouldn’t worry about this one much because the shape it’s in and locating a blade for it will be a real challenge. I actually found a loose toothing plane blade, but it was so pitted that it’s basically ruined. So go for it, try soaking in blo and see if you have any luck. People say it closes up some checks.

Also agree with Paul, the angle the toothing plane blade is at, striking the end won’t do much good. Appears they noticed that but tried whacking harder to make up for it instead of just hitting the top.

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#12 posted 10-11-2016 10:18 PM

If there are only smaller checks in the sole it should work just fine. For a great user plane do like this:
- Plane the sole absolutely flat or use abrasive paper on flat surface
- Use fine steelwool and alcohol to clean the body. Dont go overboard here. Perhaps scrape off paint
- If you are lucky and the mouth is about 48mm buy a toothing blade here:
- Do like dhazelton suggest and oil&wax NO oil on the sole but lotsa wax.
- Make a fitting wedge and go make some shavings!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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