Hand tool revalations #2: Stanley No. 48, new to me

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Blog entry by Andrew posted 01-11-2012 05:25 AM 2696 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The top, I decided to assemble this with tongue and groove joinery, I have a Stanley 48, this is the plane that started the has 2 cutters, and a pivoting fence. With the fence one direction it cuts a groove, swing it 180 degrees and it cuts the tongue. The plane will center on 7/8” thicknessed wood, but one tip… make a decision, either the fence is always on the face of the peice or the back, and stick with it. If you flip back and forth, it will cause the face of your work to be real bumpy. This is one of the mistakes I did not make, but will look forward to making it in the future ( I will, its in my nature ).

Another lesson with this plane, start close to the end you want to finish at, and take short strokes, working back until you can make a full length run, it is just easier.

Also I found that my front hand was best used to hold the fence against the face, and my thumb just sort of cupped the front knob

So the issue is this plane ( from ebay) came without any irons (blades), so I made my own from an old transition plane that had no handles, so it donated its iron. These irons need to be precise to work, I spent the better part of the day getting things relatively close, definately not perfect, but very close. So there was some final fitment work to be done. I used my Stanley 93 shoulder plane for this task.

So now it is time to clamp it up, yes dry assemble first, then glue.

Glue is dry now, it is time to trim it up, keeping 1 edge as my reference for all tasks, like squaring, and what not. Also I will take my Jack Plane this one is an old Bailey that has a portion of its side broken off, I have kind of turned it into a scrub plane by putting a radius on the iron, and opened the mouth. This I will use to bring the table top down to fairly flat ( technical term). Then, I use another No 5 the I bought from Grizzley for $30 or so, set much more fine, almost like a smoother, to smooth the surface. Then on to the Stanley number 4, these planes did not like the knots in the wood, but if they are set fine enough it is not to bad.

So I want to profile the edge, and I was thinking a round over with a bead would be nice. Yes it still would be nice. I used my Stanley 45 and I made a round over with a bead profile blade for this, I used my grinder ( it is elcectric, but was not used to harm any wood) a file and a slipstone and it is really sharp. Knowing that endgrain can be difficlt to deal with, I started there.

This is how it turned out.

This is how I fixed it.

So maybe, just a nice chamfer, geuss I should use my new Christmas present… the Veritas skew block plane, and my marking gauge.

So now I should rip off the front and back edges, I left them in case there was chipout from profiling the endgrain. I had to plan ahead, cause it would not be difficult for me to end up with a table for a doll house.

Now I repeat the edge treatment, rough #5, smooth #5, then check the edge for square, check the corners for square. and back to the skew block and marking gauge

Thats enough for tonight, tomorrow will be the apron, I wanted to do that last, because I really wasn’t sure how big the table top was going to end up being. The question is…. will I find a legitimate use for the #45? I already know the answer.
Thanks for checking it out.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#1 posted 01-11-2012 02:57 PM

a great tutorial for the use of these planes

thanks for shring

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#2 posted 01-11-2012 03:11 PM

I’ve had a #48 in my hands a couple of times at a few antique shops. Someday I WILL walk out with one.

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

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#3 posted 01-12-2012 02:26 AM

Great job Andrew! nice play by play with the pics!

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#4 posted 01-12-2012 03:10 AM

I love my 48 and use it more than I should. I will say that a 45 is no match for cross grain – actually there are not very many planes that are.

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#5 posted 01-14-2012 02:42 AM

Well done blog And a whole lot of nice planes. Tongue and grove are on my list now. A #48 would be nice but I would like to try wooden bodies first. Don where are these antique shops with #48’s on the shelf. All I have down here is #4’s and #5’s.
Thanks for posting Andrew, I love to see shavings.

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

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#6 posted 01-16-2012 04:21 PM

I spat my coffee out when I saw the “this is how it turned out”...”This is how I fixed it” Pics.

It’s nice to build the table from the top down; because you can get away with stuff like that.

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

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