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12-09-2010 06:44 AM

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I know I saw an article a long time ago about a really cool use for old plane irons, seems as though it had a nice wooden handle made for it. At the time I couldn’t imagine I would ever have an extra plane iron, I wasn’t even using planes although I had a few. When I tried using them…. well you all know that story. Since then I have taken a hand joinery class at Palomar College and have tuned and upgraded my hand planes, wow. Now I use them all the time, so much so that I even bought a few more. Reciently I bought a Hock blade and cap iron for my 41/2, (very nice but I can’t honestly say it’s a whole lot better than the original Stanley when properly tuned) and now I have an extra plane iron. Any of you remember that article? Any of you have a really good tool you made from a discarded blade?

-- Ken


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#1 posted 12-09-2010 07:39 AM

I have a number of extra blades from old planes i restored… I am planning on building my own wooden plans and using them for those.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#2 posted 12-09-2010 08:25 AM

Thanks Dan, Sometimes the obvious is just too obvious. I have been considering making my own jointer plane, now I have a great excuse.

-- Ken

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#3 posted 12-09-2010 02:40 PM

I think I know the article that you want. I will try to find it for you and let you know. I have 2 blades set up like that.

-- Richard http://www.PictureTrail.com/gallery/view?username=thewizz

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#4 posted 12-09-2010 03:56 PM

Adze, fitted with a hickory handle.

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#5 posted 12-09-2010 05:58 PM

I couldn’t find the homemade version (I know I saw it on here some place) but here is the store bought version of a “flush plane.” Just an plane blade with a handle. Easy enough to shape one out of wood.
http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?c=&cat=1,41182&p=32664

Hobomonk, that’s an interesting use. Can you share any details or a photo of the plane blade adze? Did you have to bend the blade along its length or are you using it straight?

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#6 posted 12-09-2010 07:03 PM

Richard,
Thank you. That would be great.

-- Ken

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#7 posted 12-09-2010 07:52 PM

.Hey Ken, found the article that I went by. Issue# 131 October 2007, page 10. If you can’t find it, I will copy it and send it to you.
I set up a block plane blade and a blade from a # 4 Stanley.
The article was for marking thin dovetails. I also have made up a block plane blade as to what Swirt pointed out, use a block of wood formed to fit my hand. I used a couple of magnets to hold the blade.

-- Richard http://www.PictureTrail.com/gallery/view?username=thewizz

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#8 posted 12-09-2010 08:14 PM

Hey Richard,
That’s it! I remembered it as soon as I read your response and I found the article thanks to your guidance. Thank you so much for making the extra effort
Ken

-- Ken

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#9 posted 12-09-2010 08:20 PM

Hey Richard,
After I got your input on the article I went to your projects photos. Wow! You are doing some beautiful work. I hope to aspire to you skill level… someday.
Thanks again
Ken

-- Ken

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