Salvaging a molding plane

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Blog entry by Oldtool posted 04-16-2021 10:39 PM 723 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a wooden sash plane with a bit of a twist in the body, and decided to try and salvage it like I did prior with a beading plane.
As mentioned, this plane had a bend in the middle where the stock is the thinnest:

I proceeded the same as prior with the beading plane, using a roaster oven to steam the body for about an hour and a half. After steaming, clamp up was the same again, between 2 X 4s and with old plastic gift cards to slightly over bend, in an effort to counter any possible spring back.

The result was successful, a passable straight plane that can be used.

In use it does present a problem, the iron is very thin, I think because this is probably a 17th century plane due to it’s length, and the portion of the iron that cuts the back of the sash chatters. This portion of the iron is opposite the wedge and has no support. I’m considering trying a small wedge on this side to solve the situation, but as I have no glazed windows to make, no rush.

Thanks for viewing.

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 04-17-2021 01:22 AM

Nice recovery, Tom!

If you need an iron, Lie-Nielsen sells tapered plane iron blanks. I found it was pretty easy to hacksaw and grind them to shape and then heat treat. Maybe when I finally get my forge set up and start making blades for myself, I could set you up with a thicker blade. Let me know if your wedge idea doesn’t pan out.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 04-17-2021 10:52 AM

this repair is way beyond my capabilities and besides, I don’t even know how to properly use a regular plane.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 04-18-2021 09:40 AM


-- Petey

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