It has been over 3 years so I thought I would restore a plane

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Blog entry by Dan posted 01-23-2019 11:10 PM 1416 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Once upon a time I was obsessed with buying hand planes, restoring hand planes, using hand planes then buying more hand planes. I used to post on this site on a regular basis and talked with a lot of cool people. I learned a lot as well. I put everything into the hobby of woodworking and tool restoration.

After a while I think I just kind of burned myself out. What should have just been a fun hobby to do in my spare time turned into an all day obsession. A few years ago I started to really slow things down when it came to woodworking and then ultimately just stopped all together. I had some big changes happen in my personal life and I just drifted away from woodworking. My shop slowly started to become a big storage room for household junk.

Over the past 3 years I would use the shop every now and then. Mostly just to grab a tool to fix something around the house. My basement shop had become so cluttered with boxes and junk that it was hard to do any real projects down there. I just let it go and didn’t think about it anymore. Cleaning the shop out and getting it back to use just became something I will do later.

Well a couple of months ago I finally decided to clean out my shop and get it back in order. I got the itch to start doing woodworking again. It felt good to get everything cleaned out. I started working on a few small projects and was enjoying woodworking again.

A couple weeks ago I happened to come across an add on Craigslist for a lot of planes. It was priced really cheap and I knew it was a great deal.. However it had been over 3 years since I restored or tuned a hand plane. Did I even want to get into that again?

Well I ended up buying the lot of planes. I decided to see if I still had it. Could I still make an old plane sing?

It felt good to make the old plane work again. Probably works better now then it ever did before.

I came back here fully expecting to see “Hand Plane of your Dreams” thread still going strong. I was very sad to see it was closed. Anyone still around from that thread?

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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Don W

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#1 posted 01-23-2019 11:35 PM

Welcome back Dan. The thread got.closed because it got to big. Look for version 2. We’re still going strong.

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

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Don W

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#2 posted 01-23-2019 11:36 PM

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

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#3 posted 01-24-2019 12:03 AM

Nice curls going on there.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#4 posted 01-24-2019 12:04 AM

Hey Dan! That looks awesome, Buddy! Yes, what Don said. Larger threads have gone to “Chapter 2” versions to improve performance. Welcome back.

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

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#5 posted 01-24-2019 12:05 AM

Hey Dan! Your sentiments match my story perfectly. After cleaning my shop, I am working on my first “project” in a couple years. However, I have minimal desire to own another hand plane.

It is good to hear form you.

I thought about you just this past weekend. As I was cleaning out my sharpening supplies I came across the .5 and .1 micron diamond film that you gave me. I always appreciated that.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - nobodhi_here

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#6 posted 01-24-2019 12:12 AM

Welcome back, I’d love to see pictures of your collection! Sounds awesome. I’ve seen a few posted in FaceBook that were used in the old old days to shape baseboards and other crown moldings etc. Totally amazed at how they did things back then.
Best Always, C

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#7 posted 01-24-2019 07:25 PM

Well done. Square sided bedrocks are my favorite.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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