Joinery Bench #1: Starting off with the basics: getting Stanley #8 ready

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 12-08-2017 06:29 AM 1799 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Joinery Bench series Part 2: Stanley #8 and Stanley #40 all set to get to work on roughing lumber. »

And so I start my next project, a joinery bench. 36” wide by 24” deep. Will be using laminated douglas fir 4.5” or 5” thick (depending on how things go with the 2×12’s I bought) with 8/4 hard maple apron and front vise chop. 4”x6” for legs and 4”x4” for stretchers. Unsure yet for a trestle style base or straight legs. Already ordered Benchcraft Moxon vise hardware.
I am going to try to use (mostly) hand tools instead of machinery for this project. I’ll try my best to do a good job.
And for that, I need to get my Stanley #8 in shape. A rebuild / restore is in order. Same for my #5 Jack Plane for scrubbing and finally get to use my saw vise that I built over a year ago but never used for sharpening hand saws I have. Should be fun all around! I’ll keep a running blog to give those who are getting into hand tools some idea of the pain, blood, frustration, and joy I am getting from this, start to finish.
First up is the Stanley #8. A couple years ago, I restored a green craftsman block plane and a Stanley #4 to get some experience so I know what I’m getting into for this much larger plane. I do not plan to restore to heirloom quality but more a nice user.

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#1 posted 12-08-2017 04:27 PM

Thanks for sharing. I just got my hands on a type 12 corrugated number 7, dirty but all original. I hope one day to find a type 12 number 8. At least one that won’t cost me $200.00. I look forward to following your blog.

Thanks for sharing,

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#2 posted 12-08-2017 04:44 PM

That’s a true Carrier Deck, right? Love the No. 8, it’s a beast of a plane. Mouth damage, but shouldn’t impact performance. Someone from ‘way back when’ must have bit off a little too much with it. Woods looks good! Get ‘er sharpened up and fettled, see what it can do!

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