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poopiekat

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08-09-2013 12:36 AM

Topic tags/keywords: antique plane project hand plane

There’s a Habitat for Humanity Re-store center in my city, and among all the corporate donations, there is the occaisional donation of the contents of Grampa’s workshop. So… today, I walked in there and found two #3 restoration projects, a Stanley #3 with three patent dates, and an awesome National #3, missing some parts.

I’d never seen a National #3 before…now I need a lever cap for one!

And… my latest Transitional acquisition, a Union 22 1/2” (haven’t looked up its proper designation yet:

and that slab of Maple might become its new body, I’m not sure. I have some red beech which I could laminate as well, I dunno yet… Oh, yeah, plus, an old shortie handsaw, looks to be 11tpi. The whole works set me back less than $20!!

hope you like…. will post some ‘after’ pics sooner or later….

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!


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Tbolt

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#1 posted 08-09-2013 04:07 AM

Pretty nice haul for $20. The National is interesting, never heard of them too.

-- Fumbling and Bumbling Woodworking Todd

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Makarov

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#2 posted 08-09-2013 05:27 AM

I wish our restore priced like that here they would want $50 each

-- "Complexity is easy; Simplicity is difficult." Georgy Shragin Designer of ppsh41 sub machine gun

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Don W

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#3 posted 08-09-2013 12:17 PM

Some more excellent finds.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Bill White

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#4 posted 08-09-2013 02:16 PM

Poopie, you’re gonna have to enter a 12 step program.
How many planes do you have now?
I’m up to 37 (planes that is).
Bill

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#5 posted 08-09-2013 02:22 PM

Bill that’s small change..
PK has more than me and I just topped 100..sigh..
Not to meantion the Elf master, Don W and his stable..;-)

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#6 posted 08-09-2013 06:24 PM

Oh crap! I thought that I might be in the lead. :)
Bill

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#7 posted 08-09-2013 06:47 PM

Glen, I think you have me beat with overall planes, but I have at least 42 shoulder planes…

Most are the old British / wedge type.

I am slowing down with my collections now…will likely have a sale soon.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#8 posted 08-09-2013 08:10 PM

Hmm. There’s a Re-Store just a few miles from my house. Might have to pay them a visit!

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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LoriF

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#9 posted 08-09-2013 08:51 PM

Every Friday at ReStore 4:30-6:00 P.M. 20% – 50% off your entire purchase and refreshments included.
Bring items to register and spin the wheel.

Both stores in Orange County, Ca do this and maybe yours does too. I’ve shopped here before but today will be my first time for this event.

https://habitatoc.org/view.image?Id=2449”

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poopiekat

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#10 posted 08-09-2013 10:09 PM

Thanks everyone!!

Yeah, it’s always foremost in my mind… getting my hands on any plane before anyone else.. though I wonder how many deals I’ve missed out on.
I’ve got a couple of National transitionals, and this #3 is a real novelty to me, glad the name is embossed on the sole, leaving no doubt as to what it is, and now to find a proper #3-size lever cap. Wish me luck on that!
I think I’m still under 300 planes, quite a few are awaiting restoration.
The trick is to scour all thrift stores, H4H’s, yard sales and flea markets, and don’t get discouraged, they’re out there!!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#11 posted 08-10-2013 05:19 AM

I love our local restore. Last week I picked up a Stanley S5 steel body jack with 2 irons and chip breakers for $22. In good condition, too. Totally complete with a nice knob and tote.

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#12 posted 08-10-2013 05:27 AM

Best wishes on your restorations, PK, and thanks for the ReStore tip : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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poopiekat

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#13 posted 08-10-2013 01:27 PM

Here in Canada there is also a bunch of stores called ‘Value Village’, a thrift shop that raises funds for diabetes, or some other worthy cause. Sometimes they have planes and other woodworking stuff too. I got a Handyman plane (okay, Don!!) for $3 and it was not rusty, still had what appeared to be the factory grind, too. Any shop where second-hand goods see the light of day are worth checking out. I have not even mentioned Salvation Army and Goodwill stores! Good stuff ends up on their shelves too!

When you afield, go into these second-hand places and see what you can come up with! Give these tools a good home. It just feels good!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#14 posted 08-10-2013 03:33 PM

On the big plane I feel you could make a real nice job of it maybe even staining or replacing the wood altogether what a nice project it would er wood make lol have fun Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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poopiekat

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#15 posted 08-10-2013 08:51 PM

Thanks, Alistair!
I really like restoring transitional planes! I’ve posted a few plane re-habs in the past. Unless you have a pristeen rarity, I’d guess it’s okay to experiment with the design of the body to fit yourself ergonomically, and to suit the purpose you have in mind for it when it is done. As long as you save the original bed for a pattern, and don’t modify the metal castings, you can always bring it back to original…or better! Thanks for all the kind comments!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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