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Forum topic by Don W posted 01-14-2012 08:39 PM 4055 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don W

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01-14-2012 08:39 PM

I posted this in the “Hand planes of your dreams” earlier and then decided to get it to a wider audience.

So, I was out in my shop this morning working on my new #5. Got it cleaned up and sharpened, (the blade was the worst I’ve had yet. Had to flatten the back on my disk sander). Got to a point where i couldn’t do anything else as I waited for parts to dry etc. I found a frog and cut off piece that was in a pile of parts bucket I picked up some time ago. Closer inspection showed it was a #3 or 5 1/4 cut out of the sole. I fished through the parts and found an old Dunlop iron and cap iron. I don’t have an extra cap, but here it is with one I borrowed off a #5 1/4. I’ll need to pick one up. The tote is one out of my parts box and still needs some work.

I guess you’d call it a chisel plane. I’m not sure what I’ll use it for. Time will tell. Thoughts? Suggestions?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#1 posted 01-14-2012 08:45 PM

Chisel plane, yes, but the angle is a little steep.

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#2 posted 01-14-2012 08:51 PM

Could be used to scrape dried up glue on panels?
that kind of thing, clean up the inside of a corner perhaps?

-- "the future's uncertain and the end is always near" J. Morrison

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#3 posted 01-14-2012 08:55 PM

Hate to say it, Don, but that thing is hideous! :-) Let us know how it works, though. Could be used for cleaning up tenons or large dados.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 01-14-2012 09:00 PM

Brandon, I’m hurt. :-)
I’ve seen these sell on ebay. Sometimes with the sides still intact. I watched one made out of a 606 sell for a lot of money. It just didn’t make sense to me.

I had the parts, cost was $0. If its worthless I’ve learned what not to do.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#5 posted 01-14-2012 09:06 PM

I will say its ugly, no offense of course. But I have seen them on ebay as well. Looks like a glue scraper to me. Nothing wrong with that.

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#6 posted 01-14-2012 09:07 PM

Don, you need to add the pink paint, sunflower decals and racing stripes to make it SELL on EEE bay..
But the actual execution I think makes a great Chizzzle plane !


-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#7 posted 01-14-2012 09:19 PM

Might want to take this one to baseball games when you need a lot of chatter :) I don’t see it working as well as a chisel plane, two flat and broad without the support a chisel gives. But it might do wonders on glue.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#8 posted 01-14-2012 09:20 PM

they are called edge planes not much use for them but when the right job is there
they are a nice to have in the toolbox :-)
though many will prefér to use a skewed paring cheisel instead

a cheiselplane is a totely different thing

take care

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#9 posted 01-14-2012 09:23 PM

I have some of them made from OLD broken stanley #190 or 78
They do sell on ebay ! Why ? I don’t know.

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#10 posted 01-14-2012 09:43 PM

Cool experiment, Don. DO tell us later what it will and will not do… and how well.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#11 posted 01-16-2012 03:12 PM

I will call it a fine idea.
And I think also fine for removing glue and such.
Let us know how it works, it sure will bring use of some broken planes.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 01-16-2012 05:27 PM

It looks like the worlds largest bull nose plane.

Pretty cool


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#13 posted 01-16-2012 05:42 PM

If it turns out to be a handy and useful plane then that would be great. However if it turns out that it does not work all that well then I would turn it into a trans plane. You could probably get pretty creative when adding some wood to those parts.

If it works as it is leave it though… Let us know.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#14 posted 06-17-2016 02:02 AM

I like the looks! The plane reminds me, beauty wise, of a very squat toad that used to live in our garden. It was attractive in its hideousness.

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#15 posted 06-17-2016 11:17 AM

I dig it.

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