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Forum topic by Letorix posted 922 days ago 1122 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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922 days ago

Well just started learning how to use this thing, (flattening my bench top) and one wrong move later….

I’ve been meaning to get some of those rubber mats…

I paid $28 for this on Ebay, I really liked it once I sharpened it up. I hope it was only worth $28, even so I feel like poo.

And then IPE, took a router bit :-(

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#1 posted 922 days ago

Owwwww ! Clean break but no cast for that, but don’t dump the Sarge he’s now parts !
What size was he ?

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 922 days ago

Was 21 /12” long, the blade said 422, other than that I couldn’t find any other markings besides made in usa.

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#3 posted 922 days ago

Well now you got yourself a chisel plane ; )

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#4 posted 922 days ago

Wow – how exactly did you do that?!?

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#5 posted 922 days ago

Ouch. Save it for parts and remember it as a $28 lesson. (At least it wasn’t a Stanley bedrock :) )

-- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 922 days ago

Is that a Freud router bit. That ain’t supposed to happen! I have routed Ipe with some really cheapo bits and haven’t broken one. If that’s a Freud, I’d be taking it back for a refund/replacement.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 922 days ago

Concrete floors are a dangerous thing. I have lost a sharp blade or two to them…but this would make me sob. I really can’t wait to put wood floors in my shop. Until then, I will have this image in my nightmares.

Glad it was only 28. (and the chisel plane idea might work out)

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#8 posted 922 days ago

Ouch. That’s a special kind of suck. Like others have said, I’m glad you only spent $28 on it, but I know that’s got to hurt regardless. Lesson learned I guess.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#9 posted 921 days ago

The idea of turning it into a chisel/edge plane is not a bad idea at all..

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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Don W

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#10 posted 921 days ago

I know exactly how you feel. While oiling some wood bodies on a higher shelf, I knocked my sargent #14 off the shelf a few days ago. It fell from about 8’. The pieces litterally scatterd all over the floor. I only paid $5 for mine, and didn’t use it much, but it still left a pit in my stomach.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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#11 posted 921 days ago

How? I knocked it off after stumbling, I’ll admit I’m a bit stove up from all the planing I had done the day before.
It landed on the heal and broke.

I had planned on keeping it for parts, chisel/edge plan sounds like good advice.

Yes it is a Freud bit, I’ll see if I can get any love from the BORG about it today.

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#12 posted 921 days ago

Now I know where all the plane parts originate.
Too bad, but it coulda been worse if it had landed nose down on your foot.


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#13 posted 921 days ago

A good welder who knows cast iron can repair it. There are a few who do plane repairs too. Ask over at Woodnet in the Hand tools forum for advise. not to be sending you to another forum, but that is where some of the guys hang out. It’s a clean, two part break and looks very repairable.

-- Gary Roberts,

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#14 posted 921 days ago

That’s a drag. We’ve all done it.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#15 posted 921 days ago

Just ask Al about his #8 …..

Sorry to see the carnage.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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