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Blog series by Combo Prof updated 11-30-2016 01:36 AM 2 parts 2939 reads 37 comments total

Part 1: Mysterious bench plane.

02-08-2016 12:44 AM by Combo Prof | 30 comments »

I picked up this bench plane (after bargaining) for $10 at our local antique store. It has no makings. The iron has no markings. The unusual lever cap has no markings. It is 1/2 inch shorter then a Stanley 5 but has the same width. The knob is small, smaller then any I have seen. it measures 1 1/2 inches in diameter and is 1 13/16 inches high.The iron is 2 inches wide (as expected). Help me identify it. Here are some pictures. Update March 6, 2016: Work, SWMB...

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Part 2: Scrub plane

11-30-2016 01:36 AM by Combo Prof | 7 comments »

Bought a scrub plane for $7 missing a lever cap. Couldn’t justify buying brass or bronze. So made a lever cap out of some scrap birds eye. And it works! The lever cap bolt is a 5/16-18 hardware store bolt with a copper plumbing cap cut down and epoxied over the end. The birds eye lever cap was shaped using only hand tools! A 1/4 inch hole was drilled through the lever cap with the drill press. Then A 5/16-18 tap was chucked into a cordless drill, waxed up and run...

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