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FOUND IT! (Anyone remember a miniature bench plane for executives?)

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 12-31-2018 02:40 AM 1173 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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A long tme ago, like maybe in the 1980’s or 90’s, I remember seeing a miniature bench plane and work bench for executives. The idea was that you could plane a miniature piece of wood on your desk to relieve stress, much like a mini zen garden.

I think it was offered by a catalog like The Sharper Image or Brookstone, but I can find nothing about it on the internet. I’m just curious about it and would like to see the add for it. Knowing what I know about planes, I can’t imagine this ending well for an inexperienced person trying to relax using such a thing.

Or maybe I just imagined such a thing existing.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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CFrye

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#1 posted 12-31-2018 03:21 AM

I’m not familiar with this, Dave, but I’m interested!

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 12-31-2018 03:58 AM

I believe Lee Valley sells some miniature wood working tools?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 12-31-2018 12:35 PM



I believe Lee Valley sells some miniature wood working tools?

- Andre

Indeed they do, but this was more than just a tool. It came with a tiny ‘bench’ to hold a tiny piece of wood which you planed with the tiny plane. It was advertised as something an executive could do idly while sitting at his desk.

I wish I could find the ad. It’s maddening to half remember something and be unable to find proof of it in the vast internet.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 12-31-2018 05:39 PM

Hey D’R’, good news and bad news…

Good news is that your imagination is not… an imagination… I have one… not the imagination… ze plane… and not the Fantasy Island one…

Bad news is I don’t know where I got it from… ze plane… maybe fly to Fantasy Island…

However, don’t feel bad… here is a picture of my executive desk after many years of playing with the plane,

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#5 posted 12-31-2018 08:42 PM

I wish you remembered where you got yours, because it’s not the one I remember.

That said, I finally found it! See my next reply in this post.

Dave


Hey D R , good news and bad news…

Good news is that your imagination is not… an imagination… I have one… not the imagination… ze plane… and not the Fantasy Island one…

Bad news is I don t know where I got it from… ze plane… maybe fly to Fantasy Island…

However, don t feel bad… here is a picture of my executive desk after many years of playing with the plane,

- LittleBlackDuck


-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#6 posted 12-31-2018 08:54 PM

After several hours of searching and adding the search term ‘desk’ to my efforts, I finally found the item I was looking to locate.

So I’m not just imagining that this existed. Below I am including pictures of the item, the page it is on, plus a video demonstrating the whole thing. Whew! that’s over!

And the video:


View on YouTube

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#7 posted 12-31-2018 09:55 PM

Occurs to me that this would be a nifty little woodworking project. A little toy to ue my violin planes with until I learn to make fiddles.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#8 posted 01-01-2019 03:48 AM

Dave,

Now that you know the specs stop fiddling around and make one

As you are a now a “gun” instrument reparier I am really surprised you do not have one already!

-- Regards Rob

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#9 posted 01-01-2019 02:11 PM

Rob,

Why would you assume I don’t have any? I have two at the moment, and just ordered a set of five more (for Christmas.) ;-) Once they arrive, I promise that I will build a box to keep them all safe.

The trick is to learn how to sharpen tiny curved plane blades.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#10 posted 01-01-2019 02:29 PM

Not to mention these 3!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#11 posted 01-01-2019 03:00 PM

SO CUTE :<))0

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#12 posted 01-01-2019 05:00 PM

That is great, Dave! The ‘bench’ is now added to my To Do List!

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 01-02-2019 12:48 AM



That is great, Dave! The ‘bench’ is now added to my To Do List!

- CFrye

Mine too. It would be a great ‘tool’ to test the adjustment of thumb planes too.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#14 posted 01-02-2019 01:31 AM

OK got it! misunderstood what you were after I thought is was the “little” plane, hence the commet I was surprised you didnt have one already.
Now as for sharpening I wonder do they just have replacement blades? ... similar to a trimming/box cutter knife.

Enjoy your Chrissie presents!

-- Regards Rob

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#15 posted 01-02-2019 01:58 AM



OK got it! misunderstood what you were after I thought is was the “little” plane, hence the commet I was surprised you didnt have one already.
Now as for sharpening I wonder do they just have replacement blades? ... similar to a trimming/box cutter knife.

Enjoy your Chrissie presents!

- robscastle

New blades can be bought, but they are not cheap and they ARE sharpenable. After much searching I found a great video by a luthier on how to sharpen teeny-tiny blades for planes and such. Basically you use tiny jigs, like fly tying or jewelerer’s clamps to hold them. It’s done on a stone, not a machine. If you’re interested, the video is here: [YouTube link]

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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