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Forum topic by JackSmash19 posted 02-11-2018 04:02 PM 351 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JackSmash19

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02-11-2018 04:02 PM

I picked up a No27 recently and everything is in pretty good working order except the sole has a notch (triangle?) right in front of the blade mouth. Looks like whoever owned the plane years ago made this notch…not sure why…maybe they were working on some type of moulding work? I dont know.

Anyway…I was curious to get some opinions on what I should do. It’s probably about a 16th of an inch deep, so I could joint the bottom. I was also considering filling it in with epoxy and then maybe getting another piece of hard wood…maybe Maple, Walnut, Oak, or something fun like Purple Heart to put a thin piece on the bottom.

What would you guys do?

I’ll post some pics shortly so you can see what I’m talking about.


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Bill White

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#1 posted 02-11-2018 04:25 PM

Sounds as if the previous owner might have used the plane for cutting chamfers…...........maybe?
Pics will help.
Bill

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#2 posted 02-11-2018 04:56 PM

I’ll go to the shop later….have a #29 wood body, someone had cut way down ( not me..) to almost a #28 length…I used it as a parts plane. The frame was in good shape..frog is too. You MIGHT be able to trim the wood body down to the size you need? I have no real need for it…
Got it as part of a pair, at an auction…

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#3 posted 02-11-2018 05:07 PM

Use Bandits plane body or just fill with epoxy and flatten/trim. Adding a thin strip to the bottom can add uneeded complexity with iron fit and it doesnt sound necessary.

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JackSmash19

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#4 posted 02-11-2018 08:42 PM



Sounds as if the previous owner might have used the plane for cutting chamfers…...........maybe?
Pics will help.
Bill

- Bill White

I posed the same question on Woodworkingtalk and someone over there said that when those old wood bottom throats got too wide, they’d cut a notch out right before the throat and fill it in with a piece of hard wood.


Sounds as if the previous owner might have used the plane for cutting chamfers…...........maybe?
Pics will help.
Bill

- Bill White


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#5 posted 02-11-2018 11:28 PM

That’s what I was thinking before I saw your picture. By the looks, a new sole may be n order.

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