Restoring History-Auburn Tool Co Try Plane #4: Finishing touches

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Blog entry by RGtools posted 06-26-2011 05:19 AM 3497 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The bottom was flat enough for rough work but not fine cuts impressive after 137 years and a trip from coast to coast. Now I needed to make it flat enough for fine work. I found it fitting that my old plane was being restored by my newest plane.

My vise crapped out (my fault, need to give me bench it’s yearly tune up…which may be the next next blog) so this is a good improvised set up for planing (yet another reason to make your bench clamp friendly)

I use winding sticks to check for any wind.

Chamfering the edges decreases the surface area of the plane sole and helps protect the edges in case of drops. Don’t chamfer the front edge or shavings will be swept under your sole and stop you from cutting (I promise this will make you grumpy)

I use a oil wax mixture all over the body of the plane. My wife makes it as a hand salve and I get the batches that are not up to par.

Here is the thin projection of the arc.

And a test drive.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#1 posted 06-26-2011 05:24 AM

Looks like you got it flat. Another way I have seen this done is to put a jointer plane upside down in a vice.

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

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Don W

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#2 posted 06-26-2011 01:27 PM

So far i’ve been over looking the wooden planes. I have one transition, but haven’t found one that calls to me yet. The cocobola one Wayne showed may have done it, but not for the large price tag.

Anyhow, looks like you’ve done a nice job with this one. Now on to the bench :-)

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

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#3 posted 06-26-2011 06:01 PM

Thanks guys. Don, I’ll get started soon…I promise

Wayne. My bench vise just was not holding stiff enough. My fault I need to take the thing off an install it a bit better. One project at a time though….usually.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#4 posted 06-27-2011 09:56 PM

What a wonderful video.
Love it!
You rock, and love it.
So happy to see that plane back to life, and beeing treated with love.
Best thoughts my friend,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#5 posted 06-27-2011 09:58 PM

Really nice to see a woodworker estore these lovely old planes.In the uk we or the market is flooded with thse and they sell for next to nothing here on uk ebay etc still have fun and keep the pics a coming well done again. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#6 posted 06-28-2011 03:36 AM

Mads. Glad you liked it. I am kind of grumpy because I keep tearing the edge off the thing on naughty knotty wood, but it tore the edge of of some of my other tools too, two things learned: one I am getting lots of sharpening practice, two I need to pick better material for handwork. I need work but the plane is exceeding my expectations.

Alistar, the tools were made to be used for a lot longer where you are, that’s why you have a comparative glut of them. Here we make crap hand-tools so we can sell expensive power-tools to workers who will believe that little can be done without slaying electrons. Sad really, that’s why it always makes me happy to work with tools that were built for the people who USED them. Some old, some new, the passion for this work bleeds through them all, it gives my shop a pulse, a life of it’s own, and I am thankful to be a part of it.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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