restored one of grandpa's old block planes

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Forum topic by bobasaurus posted 09-15-2013 07:42 PM 1534 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-15-2013 07:42 PM

I’ve had this old block plane in my shop for a while now. Since it belonged to my Grandfather I thought it was worth restoring, so I tackled it today. I forgot to take any before pictures, but it was quite rusty and beat-up… looks like he planed over nails with how scratched up the sole was. It’s a Lakeside plane, with the body marked “MADE IN USA”. I know these are about equivalent to the “wards master” line of cheaper stanleys, but I still like it well enough as a user. Pics:

I got some decent shavings in the end. The depth adjust is tricky… there’s a fair bit of slop and a large “dead zone” when changing depth directions. Once I had it set it worked really well, though. I’m planing a piece of jatoba in the pic.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#1 posted 09-15-2013 08:58 PM

Nice work; I have an older Craftsman black plane that used to be my Father’s…nothing special as far as the tool itself goes, it works, has a slight dead spot like yours, but the sentimental value keeps it around and in use.

Old tools are great…and made even better when you know the history.

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 09-19-2013 01:54 AM

Great restore. Most of this style panes had the dead spot. You get used to it. It should serve you well.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 09-19-2013 02:02 AM

It came out great. Good to see
It in use.

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#4 posted 09-19-2013 02:07 AM

Nice job!! Its always great to see these old boys cleaned up and put back into service.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#5 posted 09-25-2013 11:22 AM

That’s nice

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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