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TiggerWood

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56 days ago

I was rehabbing a Millers Falls hand plane and decided to test what looked like a glued up broken tote. It snapped with pinky pressure. The wood is mocha chocolate color. What wood did they use on these old hand planes? I’m sorry, I didn’t think to take any pictures before gluing it up. It’s a very soft, brittle, and light wood.


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ColonelTravis

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#1 posted 56 days ago

If you’ve got their top line planes, then the older ones were rosewood or cocobolo. During and after WWII they used a few different kinds. You can check your type here.

If yours is from their lower-tier line, no clue.

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#2 posted 56 days ago

drill down here http://oldtoolheaven.com/bench/bench.htm and when you find yours you will fnd the wood they used.

here is how I fix the breaks. Clean it with mineral spirits. Then take the smallest bit you have and drill a series of small shallow holes. This gives the epoxy something better to grab. You can darken epoxy with charcoal from a pencil if you don’t have anything else, the epoxy it back together.

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TiggerWood

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#3 posted 56 days ago

It appears to be a type 2. I thought cocobolo was a hard wood. The texture of this is a lot like cedar, but not.

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shampeon

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#4 posted 56 days ago

Yeah, cocobolo would not resemble cedar. Keep in mind that the model matters here. Only the premium bench planes had cocobolo or goncalo totes/knobs. And also that type 2 planes might have type 3 handles if they were produced just after the war.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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TiggerWood

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#5 posted 56 days ago

The dark swirls are the wood grain.

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#6 posted 56 days ago

I agree with Ion. I’ve never had a MF plane with a tote anything like cedar. Actually most of them come out looking really good once you get the original finish off.

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

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#7 posted 55 days ago

That tote doesn’t look like a typical type 2 or 3 toe. The type 4 totes made of goncalo are a somewhat similar color after removing the red-tinted varnish, but are a different shape (more upright), and goncalo is dense and hard like cocobolo.

Is it just the picture, or is the knob significantly darker than the tote? Could the tote have been replaced at some point?

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#8 posted 55 days ago

OH! Good! You’re Using the Site Pic/img Downloader now I see.

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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#9 posted 48 days ago

Shampeon No, the tote and knob are precisely the same.

Rick I always could post pics in comments but I still can’t do anything with projects.

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