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Forum topic by ColonelTravis posted 11-03-2013 02:22 AM 649 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-03-2013 02:22 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tote repair crack break

Just got a No. 8 Type 9 for $34, man I am stoked. Needs plenty of TLC, lots of surface rust, paint is scraped off everywhere, knob and tote finish pretty shot, etc. But it’s structurally sound and in the electrolysis bucket as I type this. Should turn out great.

Only problem is the tote has a diagonal crack near the bottom about 2/3 around the handle and the wood is splitting in a few places around the bottom screw hole. Been reading a lot about repairing a clean break but I haven’t found anything about how to seal a crack or repair damaged wood at the screw hole/toe. What are the best ways to handle those two things?


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#1 posted 11-03-2013 02:34 AM

I would make a new tote, or buy one. A number 8 is a workhorse and I have no faith in a tote repair for the amount of stress that is going to be put on it.

-- Mike

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#2 posted 11-03-2013 02:17 PM

I agree with Mike. I’d look for a junk 5 (they’re the most common) and steal the tote from it. Of course, making your own could be fun and Lee Valley (I believe) has a template you could use.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#3 posted 11-03-2013 02:34 PM

Here is some help making a tote.

The only way I can think of to repair the hole in the toe is replace the bottom section. I had a #62 tote to repair and the owner wanted the original saved. I bored a hole from the bottom for a 3/4” dowel, to just below the brass nut. Then drilled the dowel and epoxied it in place. It was probably stronger than new, but making a new tote would have been just as quick.

I’d agree with both Mike and Dave. They have good suggestions.

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

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#4 posted 11-03-2013 03:16 PM

Replacement it is. I’d make one in a heartbeat but I don’t have a drill press.

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#5 posted 11-04-2013 01:10 AM

I bought a couple of totes and knobs from Greg at this website. Nice guy, quality stuff, and very reasonably priced.

http://www.drozsoldetymestanleytotesandknobs.com/

-- Mike

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#6 posted 11-04-2013 02:48 AM

There’s a guy on ebay that sells replacement totes. His name is Nicobie and I’ve bought totes from him before. His prices are reasonable and he does nice work. You could also check with Tablesaw Tom and see if he has any.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#7 posted 11-04-2013 02:50 AM

Colonel,

I have an extra knob and tote from a number 7, which should fit a number 8. I think that the knob is one of the low-type. For the price of postage you can have them. I can post a picture if you like.

Greg

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#8 posted 11-04-2013 03:04 AM

Wow, Greg – that is awfully kind of you. PM sent.

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#9 posted 11-04-2013 05:06 PM

Waiting out the hours til I get home to see how my epoxy fix on my Union 4 and a half tote went.
I have a sneaking suspision there was some slippage in the glue up.

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#10 posted 11-04-2013 07:43 PM

Don’s aforementioned tote repair on that #62 is holding up incredibly well, BTW.

—Unable to Pass Up the Opportunity to Show said #62. :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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