A Plane's Tale, crash and rebirth

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 07-22-2012 01:08 AM 6061 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, here goes. I won a Diamond Edge #6c on the bay. A very RUSTy plane, I might add. Shouldn’t be that big a deal to clean up. Box came in the mail….

Guess what I found inside this thing? Well, a front part came out first:

Then the other part came out of the newspaper wrapper:

HMMM, not quite what I thought i bought. Got to looking things over, while awaiting the refund. Frog, IF I can get it free of that base, should clean up:

Chipbreaker, iron, and lever cap were rusty, but saveable..

The iron was a Stanley 2-1/4” with a PAT.Date blade. It was smaller than the chip breaker. The “hard Rubber” tote? It came off the base in three pieces, and went right into the trash can. The front knob was cracked. No big deal, i do have a few knobs laying around. I went out and won a #6c base, and told the shipper to pack it like it was eggs. It arrived it one piece, thank you very much:

So, now I MIGHt have enough “stuff” on hand? I cleaned up the parts, and had to file a bit on the frog. Seems Stanley base screws are set in a bit from Union screws. I did get the frog mounted, though

Next up, some handles. I had a couple knobs on hand. One was a typical Stanley type, low knob. The bolt for the cracked DE knob had broken off in the old base. There was some threads, and with the way those Stanley knobs are, the threads were JUST enough to fasten the “new” knob down tight. The Tote? Came to this plane in a round-about way. A friend from LJs sent me a Cherry Tote for another plane I was building. Tote didn’t quite match the base. It DID, however, match the base of the DE/rebuild. I re-used the old bolt from the DE, after I had cleaned the bolt back to bare metal. Seems to fit.

The chip-breaker I cleaned up. The iron, wrong size and all, I cleaned and sharpened back up. Another friend needed a iron for a Stanley 5-1/2. I decided to swap a few parts, and wound up with a Berg iron.

So, NOW I have a #6c that I wanted. Parts from SEVERAL different planes went into this rebuild. Seems to wrok just fine, no matter what name it goes by..

Re-hab Central? Just a few planes that are either in re-hab, or just about done. The real long one is a KK7, the re-built #6c next to it. There is also a “Parts Plane” getting a make-over, and two awaiting sales. All that trouble to get a decent large plane, but I wasn’t going to just give up. The KK7? Well, that’s another story…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 07-22-2012 05:52 AM

I cringed looking at that broken cast iron. Nice refurbish job.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 07-22-2012 02:44 PM

Crash seems to be a bit of an understatement – perhaps “devastating crash” is closer. I am in awe that you could see a good plane in that mess. A good story with a happy ending though.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#3 posted 07-23-2012 12:47 AM

Maybe a good name for this one would be “Frankenplane”?


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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