Restoring Hand Planes.. My methods #21: Adding a new sole to wood bottom plane. Stanley #23 restored w new sole

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Blog entry by Dan posted 01-18-2012 08:53 PM 15645 reads 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 20: Tuning a Transitional wood plane... Adding inlay to close the throat Part 21 of Restoring Hand Planes.. My methods series Part 22: Stanley #72 Chamfer Plane... Completely Restored »

In my last blog I showed how I added an inlay piece to close up the throat of one of my transitional wood planes. Now I am going to show another method I learned and that is to add a whole new sole to the bottom of the existing worn sole. I will also show how I fixed a stripped out screw hole on the wood trans plane.

Like the inlay I recently completed, this is the first time I have done this so it was a learning experience. However I found this method to be a bit easier then the inlay. The plane is my Stanley #23 and looking at the condition of the wood body I could tell it had been flattened many times in the past.

The first thing I did was take the plane apart and joint the sole on the power jointer followed up by a hand plane to get a nice flat bottom in which to glue the new piece on.

For the new sole piece I used a piece of Avidore wood. I chose this wood because I had a piece the right size and because its a light color which I thought meshed well with the beech.

After the glue dried I used a flush cut saw, block plane and rasp to flush up the new sole to the old one.

Another repair that needed to be made on this plane dealt with the frog screws. One of the holes for the frog screw had been stripped out and the screw would not bite at all in the hole. To fix this I simply drilled the hole out slightly larger then it was and then plugged it and re drilled the hole for the screw.

The next step was to carve out the mouth on the new sole. This was rather straight forward, I just followed the old bedding with my chisel and slowly chopped away until I was about 3/8ths or so into the new sole. After I had enough carved out I ran through the power jointer taking multiple passes. After so many passes the new mouth will start to show and open up. Once the whole mouth was exposed I stopped jointing and finished tuning the opening of the mouth with a file.

I sanded the old body down and refinished it with a few coats of tung oil. I figured I might as well re paint the metal part too. The plane works a lot better now and the tighter throat allows it to take consistent fine shavings.

Who said transitional planes were garbage? IN YO FACE!

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#1 posted 01-18-2012 08:57 PM

Well done Dan. Look forward to whatever you fix up next.

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#2 posted 01-18-2012 08:59 PM

Dan, in answer to your last question: Patrick Leach.

Great work, as always!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 01-18-2012 10:06 PM

Super nice, those shavings are sooo sweet!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 01-18-2012 10:27 PM

That’s sweet man. I don’t have the patience for the transitional planes right now, but it looks
Likes you have a very fine tool to use now. Lol @ in yo face.

-- - Rich

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#5 posted 01-18-2012 10:34 PM

Great blog Dan, thanks for taking the time.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#6 posted 01-19-2012 01:17 AM

Tender Loving Care. Now you have your reward, silky thin shavings and the sound, that sound …... mmmmm

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#7 posted 01-19-2012 01:42 PM

A beauty !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#8 posted 01-19-2012 06:39 PM

That was fun to see. Outstanding results Dan.


-- ~Tony

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#9 posted 01-20-2012 01:59 AM

Beautiful work and well done. I love it.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#10 posted 10-22-2015 01:44 AM

Nice! I’m working on a similar project, so thank you!

-- Here to learn

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