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mtenterprises

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12-05-2011 07:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wooden plane plane question maple refurbishing

OK plane guys I need a little help here. I bought the wooden plane body years ago at a local junk shop and I did’t know if it was worth it or not. So here goes: It’s 22 1/2” long by 3 1/4” wide by 1 3/4” thick tight grain hardwood, think its maple. Basically what I want to know is this just someones tinker project they started or is this a functional plane. Let me know anything you can about it. Ask questions and I’ll reply with the best answers I can.
MIKE

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#1 posted 12-05-2011 07:40 PM

very functional just need a decent blade and your away nice find

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#2 posted 12-05-2011 07:40 PM

Looks pretty functional to me. You might want to show a picture of the mouth on the underside. You’ll need an iron of course and I can’t tell if the wedge is cracked or not. I’d definitely try to put it to work!

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

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#3 posted 12-05-2011 07:42 PM

It was probably user-made, but looks quite well done. You could probably turn it into quite a good user with a new iron from Hock.

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#4 posted 12-05-2011 07:52 PM

You have yourself a nice jointer. My guess is its probably made of beech wood. Of course, you’ll need an iron so you’re looking at investing some money in it, so you’ll have to consider whether its worth it to you.

I’d clean it up and put a few coats of BLO on it. If you don’t decide to use it, it’ll at least make a nice wall decoration.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Bill White

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#5 posted 12-05-2011 08:09 PM

Probably a junker. Send it to me. I’ll work on it. Did ya get the smiley face?
Get a good iron, joint the sole after cleaning and oiling. You’ll have a good jointer.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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mtenterprises

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#6 posted 12-05-2011 08:14 PM

Here are some pics of the wedge and the mouth. So it seems it was a good find. Do I need just an iron or do I need a chip breaker too? When I picked it up my first thoughts were wall decoration but having so many plane experts available I figured I’d see what you guys thought. Sounds promising so far.
MIKE

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#7 posted 12-05-2011 08:24 PM

Looks very solid to me. Nice mouth, too. Definitely a keeper. If you buy a big, thick iron, you probably won’t need a chipbreaker. This plane’s not really designed for one and if you employ one, you might have to trim down the wedge and/or enlarge the escapement. It’ll be fun plane for the $30 or so you’ll spend on an iron.

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

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#8 posted 12-05-2011 09:13 PM

Nice going. It makes you feel good when you run across bargains.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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mtenterprises

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#9 posted 12-06-2011 04:12 PM

OK so where do I get a good thick iron? And how thick should it be?
MIKE

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#10 posted 12-06-2011 06:54 PM

I have a bunch of old school irons hanging around. What width is it? I might have one that will fit it.

-- Mike

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#11 posted 12-06-2011 07:24 PM

looks like a very fine short jointer or foreplane
even though its hard to tell from the pictures how fare the wedge is going in
with out the iron in it I think you can come around with using a single iron in it
but the hollow in the wedge indicate there has been a doubble iron installed
if so then with that mouth opening I gess it has been working as a jointer

so lets see some curls from the plane working :-)

Dennis

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mtenterprises

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#12 posted 12-07-2011 04:40 PM

Dennis – The wedge goes to within fractions of the bottom
paratrooper34 – I’ll measure it and get back to you pm.
MIKE

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#13 posted 12-12-2011 04:22 AM

Hey Mike, sorry man, I don’t have one that wide. Thought for sure I did.

-- Mike

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mtenterprises

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#14 posted 12-12-2011 05:31 AM

paratrooper34 – Not a problem but where can I buy a thick one?

MIKE

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#15 posted 12-12-2011 05:40 AM

Clean up the nose of it and see if there is any lettering. I have a couple of wooden planes built almost exactly like that and they are from Scioto Tool Works which was another name for Ohio Tool Company.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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