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Forum topic by BerBer5985 posted 10-25-2011 10:03 PM 2100 views 1 time favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BerBer5985

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10-25-2011 10:03 PM

I’m restoring an old Ohio Tool Plane #7 jointer to use and I’ve got everything done but the tote that came with it is broken so I wanted to make a new one. I sanded down the front knob and it’s a lighter color wood. Perhaps cherry or a lighter rosewood? Does anyone know what they used for these? I want to order some matching wood and attempt to make a tote to match. Here it is so far:

Before:

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After:

The front knob still needs finished and the sole will probably need lapped, but I’m waiting on sandpaper to get here.

Any suggestions on finish for the handles as well?

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com


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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 10-25-2011 10:05 PM

Looks great!

I think beech was commonly used on these.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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BerBer5985

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#2 posted 10-25-2011 10:08 PM

Beech….now that’s what it looks like. I just couldn’t tell out of that small knob piece. It’s a fair amount darker like they stained it from the factory but after sanding, it’s pretty light. I like the natural wood, so I’m going to finish it that color. What do people recommend for finish on totes? Rub on poly? Teak oil?

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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steviep

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#3 posted 10-25-2011 10:10 PM

Is that paint or japanning? Looks great by the way!

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BerBer5985

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#4 posted 10-25-2011 10:16 PM

It is black lacquer spray paint. I bought this thing for $30 with the intent to restore as a user. I did electrolysis (which was my first time and awesome by the way), sanded the front handle, wire brushed everything, removed all the old paint (japanning??) with lacquer thinner, painted everything but the machine surfaces after taping everything I didn’t want painted off, then buffed the cap and all the screw heads on the buffer after letting soak in rust remover for about an hour. Turning out pretty nice for my first restore I think. I’d do it again. I have about 4 other stanley #5’s awaiting the same treatment, but they are usable and the ohio tool wasn’t in great shape when I got it, so it got priority. Blade still needs sharpened and honed and the sole and frog still needs some lapping, but overall, it’s coming along nicely.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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Dan

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#5 posted 10-25-2011 10:16 PM

What ever it is keep in mind it was also stained some other color. So if you are trying to match the original then you may want to stain it a dark color.

Rather then messing with stain I would just use a darker colored hardwood and make a new tote and knob. Just my thoughts though..

I do agree with Charlie, Beech was common used and stained.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#6 posted 10-25-2011 10:18 PM

Just read you want to keep it natural… I have used clear Shellac on them and have been happy with the results.. The dry time is a huge + with Shellac.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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BerBer5985

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#7 posted 10-25-2011 10:19 PM

I have some brazillian cherry hardwood left over from a flooring job we did which I’ve planed down to usable stock. Would that work?? It’s pretty and decently hard.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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Brandon

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#8 posted 10-25-2011 10:24 PM

That looks excellent. Great job on the restoration! Great score on the plane as well. Are the knob and tote the same size as those on Stanley planes? If so, you can get a rosewood handle set (used or reproduction) for a decent price.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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BerBer5985

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#9 posted 10-25-2011 10:30 PM

They are close in size, but not exact and they have some recessing in it where the stanley does not. I thought of that already. I just thought I’d attempt to make one. What the hell. If I can find a decent piece of material to use, I’ll do it. Couldn’t hurt finding some beech and making it match, but I could just do two new sets. I wish it had brass screw knobs like the stanleys have, but it doesn’t. Not quite as nicely made as the stanley bailey planes I’ve picked up, but not horrible either. It ought to be a decent user hopefully.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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BerBer5985

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#10 posted 10-25-2011 10:32 PM

What about clear lacquer finish on the tote and handle?

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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Brandon

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#11 posted 10-25-2011 10:42 PM

I think the clear lacquer finish will be fine. I generally just put a coat of boiled linseed oil on mine, but I see no reason why lacquer wouldn’t work. Since its a user plane, I say make it the way you like it and stick to the natural beech finish.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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BerBer5985

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#12 posted 11-17-2011 05:49 PM

I finally made a tote out of leftover maple that I had from a project. Hand formed it with a rasp after cutting it all out.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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#13 posted 11-17-2011 11:34 PM

A very nice refurb, and post. You have done an excellent job.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#14 posted 11-17-2011 11:51 PM

Very nice indeed! Glad to see this old jointer get a second chance at life.

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Dan

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#15 posted 11-18-2011 12:00 AM

You picked a tough wood to shape by hand but it turned out really nice… Looks lot better then my first few attempts at making a tote.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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