Millers Falls #9 Restoration

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Forum topic by Konquest posted 06-09-2011 05:32 AM 2370 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-09-2011 05:32 AM

Very excited when my parents visited this week with a box full of old stuff from my late grandfather’s basement. He was a woodworker and kept his tools in good shape, but took up the craft late in life and gave up the plane for the sander as it was tough on his body. This is a Millers Falls #9 from the 50’s or early 60’s as dated by the black frog. which is equivalent to a Stanley #4. These are the nicer MF planes all good castings and Goncalo knobs/totes. The cool thing is they have a hinged lever cap that pushes down right on the top of the curve of the chipbreaker to help with chatter. Following the FWW article by Roland Johnson, I scrubbed all the parts with an old toothbrush and alcohol, then scrubbed the knob and tote with steel wool and paste wax. I then lubed all the parts and lapped the frog and sole on sandpaper glued to the tablesaw top. I bought an IBC A2 blade and tuned it up and it is a real nice performer. The irony is that I was contemplating shelling out $250 for a LV bevel up smoother with a few different blades. Now that I have a smoothing plane, I can spend that cash on lumber. Muhahahahaaa!

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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#1 posted 06-09-2011 11:47 AM

Not only is that a nice plane, but being your grandfather’s is priceless. I’ve got my grandfather’s Stanley 220, and love the nostalgia of it. Nice job with the restore.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#2 posted 06-09-2011 11:52 AM

Now get that puppy sharpened and tuned up to take chip full width about 1/1000 inch thick and the wood will look amazing.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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