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Forum topic by nakmuay posted 02-16-2017 02:18 AM 772 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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nakmuay

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02-16-2017 02:18 AM

I found this handsome old gent on eBay, it’s a James Howarth coffin smoother I got for an “ok” price. I knew it had some checks in the ends and the mouth needed closing up from the picture, but now I need some advice on if it’s saveable.

I’m not so much worried about authenticity as I am about making it look right and work right. My plan was try get glue into the cracks where possible, clamp it , then put some dovetail keys in either end to hold it. Underneath I planed on putting a normal mouth plate in.

There a lot of deep cracks there, and I’m just not sure if it will hold together. I’m worried about the a crack high on the side wall where the wedge is installed, in not sure what I could do to save it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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#1 posted 02-16-2017 02:26 AM

That’s on the cutter side, shouldn’t be an issue at all. Does the crack widen at all when the wedge is fully engaged? If not, I wouldn’t worry about it. If it does move (and again, I’d be surprised based on where it is), glue won’t fix it. Now, that V-shaped flaw below the crack is the greater concern to my eye.

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#2 posted 02-16-2017 12:59 PM

The v-shape crack is ugly for sure. Nothing viually opens when I hit in the wedge, but if I apply direct pressure to the v shaped crack it will open slightly. There’s not much meat there either. I could laminate some strips to the outside, but it’s a sin for some thing so old
Any ideas for a game plan?

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#3 posted 02-16-2017 01:18 PM



The v-shape crack is ugly for sure. Nothing viually opens when I hit in the wedge, but if I apply direct pressure to the v shaped crack it will open slightly. There s not much meat there either. I could laminate some strips to the outside, but it s a sin for some thing so old
Any ideas for a game plan?

- nakmuay

Maybe squirt some Superglue into the crack(s) and clamp it up … a bit of sanding and you may not even see some of them afterwards.

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#4 posted 02-24-2017 01:39 AM

Thanks for the advice fellas!!!
I have a few older Stanley’s (3,4&5) and a few Veritas (6, LA block, router, & edge plane), but this is my first wooden plane. I’m amazed at how different it feel. I’m not the hugely sentimental type and I like what works, but this thing glides!


I put walnut dovetail keys front and back,

The mouth repair leaves about 1/16 gap, a little bigger than I would like but it works fine. I made the mistake of thinking the bottom was flat and square, fitting the mouth, then realizing it still needed some flattening work

And I superglued and clamped all the cracks up
Thanks for the help

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#5 posted 02-24-2017 01:55 AM

Very nice outcome, well done!

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#6 posted 02-26-2017 09:12 PM

Excellent!

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