Hand Planes - Never to early to get started

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Blog entry by Dan posted 02-17-2011 09:35 PM 2206 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This winter I did most all my hand plane restoring and work inside my house. I guess I should have kept them in a locked cabinet. My 1 year old became obsessed with getting his hands on them when ever he could. I had to share this picture..

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#1 posted 02-17-2011 09:39 PM

Great photo, where did you find information on restoring your hand planes. I have several old Stanleys I’ve recently purchased and I’m looking for information on restoring them.

-- G

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#2 posted 02-17-2011 09:42 PM

Cute picture. Has a guilty look on his face combined with the smirk that says “Well, you knew I was going to play with this…” Hope you make sure those blades are tightened up below the sole. Would hate for that little guy to get cut and lose all interest in hand planes. That is how power tool users get born you know ;)


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#3 posted 02-17-2011 10:14 PM

Naz- There are a lot of great sites, blogs and articles online that show how to restore planes. I even have a small blog series on the process that I use. I posted on this site. I would just browse old blogs here or search online. I don’t have any specific page to recommend.

David- I always store them with the blade retracted and the lever locked down. In fact when restoring they usually didn’t even have the blades in them.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#4 posted 02-17-2011 11:44 PM

Is the plane and the kid a package deal? I got two shiny new quarters. What cha say? To bad they grow up so fast. Tomorrow he’ll be asking for the keys to the car and breaking some cuties heart.

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#5 posted 02-18-2011 01:20 AM

It’s always good to start them out young.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#6 posted 02-18-2011 01:25 AM

Dan thats how it goes when trying to have quali time with the children and please mum ….LOL
before you know it he will take over the shop…….. hasn´t he told you yet…..
sorry to spring the secret too early … it shuold have been a surprice

thank´s for sharing Dan but please learn him fast to have respect for tools and how to hold them
and when he is 3-4 year old he can learn to use to use sharp knifes too…..well I think you know the drill
of every safty aspect of it and how to learn your children the right things :-)

looking forward to many other moments from the shop

take care

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#7 posted 02-18-2011 03:36 AM

Ahhhh. The future of woodworking….. very precious… He needs a Lumberjocks shirt. very awesome pic

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#8 posted 02-18-2011 03:58 AM

I agree, never too early. Check out this link, and get him started:

Every time I go through this, I get a kick out of how some of today’s “experts” would be hard pressed to equal what a lad was expected to know back in 1914 if he desired to go into the carpentry trade in his teens.


-- Go

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#9 posted 02-18-2011 12:42 PM

Start ‘em young and teach ‘em right!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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