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jbswearingen

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11-07-2017 12:21 AM

Topic tags/keywords: plane

I’ve been a corded tool user since I started ww’ing but have wanted to learn hand tools. Well, with a new shop, I’m moving towards that goal. Today I flattened my first plane iron and man, is it nice to listen to it slicing through cherry.

This one is a Millers Falls #5 that I think I paid $5 for. The Jappaning is shot, but I don’t care. It’s a user. Next up, my block plane.

-- Semper fi, Brad


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TheFridge

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#1 posted 11-07-2017 05:03 AM

Yeah buddy

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Just_Iain

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#2 posted 11-07-2017 06:41 PM

Long after you retire, you can pass on to the kids or grand-kids your hand tools.

-- For those about to die, remember your bicycle helmet!

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LittleShaver

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#3 posted 11-07-2017 08:31 PM

I still have the first plane I restored. Picked up a 5C at a yard sale for $3.00. My son was a toddler and he was with me when I bought it. He just turned 40 and I still use that plane on almost every project.
I have 30+ planes now. Seem to be adding about 1/year. Your mileage may vary, but it is a fun run.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#4 posted 11-07-2017 08:40 PM

Very nice indeed, congrats on bringing that MF back to life.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#5 posted 11-08-2017 08:38 PM

Good job when are you starting the next one?

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jbswearingen

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#6 posted 11-08-2017 08:47 PM



Good job when are you starting the next one?

- corelz125

This week, I hope.

-- Semper fi, Brad

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#7 posted 11-08-2017 11:14 PM

Congrats. We all started there.

As they say, one’s to many, 100 ain’t enough!

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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olcoach

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#8 posted 11-09-2017 12:18 AM

Be careful as You will find it is an addiction. I have more planes than I could use in five lifetimes and I still look for more.

-- olcoach

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#9 posted 11-09-2017 01:45 AM

I totally concur with olcoach.

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#10 posted 11-09-2017 04:19 PM

Very nice. Be sure to wax the body where the japanning is mssing to help prevent rust.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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jbswearingen

103 posts in 1999 days


#11 posted 11-09-2017 04:27 PM

Well, here’s what I have so far:

The #5 (14 in MF speak) above.
A Stanley #5 that I converted to a scrub plane.
A Stanley #7 that I’ve only used a few times.
A beautiful Krenov wood smoother that was gifted to me that I’m scared to use.
A no-name USA-made block.
A MF smoother that I need to attack.

A little birdie told me I’m getting a new Veritas router plane for Christmas and a complete Stanley #45 for my birthday next year.

Tell me, Doc, is it terminal?

-- Semper fi, Brad

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#12 posted 11-09-2017 04:59 PM

You’ll live! Congrats, and welcome to the Slope!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Just_Iain

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#13 posted 11-09-2017 06:27 PM



Well, here s what I have so far:

The #5 (14 in MF speak) above.
A Stanley #5 that I converted to a scrub plane.
A Stanley #7 that I ve only used a few times.
A beautiful Krenov wood smoother that was gifted to me that I m scared to use.
A no-name USA-made block.
A MF smoother that I need to attack.

A little birdie told me I m getting a new Veritas router plane for Christmas and a complete Stanley #45 for my birthday next year.

Tell me, Doc, is it terminal?

- jbswearingen

Yes but avoid the saw collectors!!!

-- For those about to die, remember your bicycle helmet!

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Roy Turbett

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#14 posted 11-09-2017 08:27 PM



Very nice. Be sure to wax the body where the japanning is mssing to help prevent rust.

- WayneC

Another solution is to use a Sharpie paint stick to fill in the missing japanning. Check out the “Plane Collector” videos on YouTube.

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