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Aluminum body hand plane

12-11-2020 05:12 PM by Jbrud13 | 9 comments »

I own and operate a machine shop and am a hobbyist woodworker. I have been toying with the idea of designing and making a couple handplanes out of aluminum and having them hardcoat teflon anodized. Anyone think that sounds crazy? It seems like they would be a great lighweight and accurate hand plane but no one else is doing it….Any and all input would be appreciated!

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If anyone has any info on this Plane, please help

03-30-2019 04:28 PM by Bigmikeyg | 8 comments »

Hi guys and gals, I just recently acquired this beautiful wooden plane but there are no markings anywhere on the wood, brass, or blade. I am planning on sharpening it up and using it but first I would like a little info on it and possibly its value. That won’t change the fact that I will be using it, but I may be a little, shall we say, less aggressive, with it if it’s valuable… I love the dovetailed brass on the bottom. Please see pictures.

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Harbor Freight No 33 Bench Plane review and tuneup

02-03-2016 04:50 PM by Marty Backe | 7 comments »

I was in Harbor Freight the other day and I came across their No 33 bench plane, whatever that is. But for $10 I thought, “what the hell, let’s see what can be done with it”. In this video I unbox it and then proceed to tune it up. About 2 hours later (spread over a couple of days) I had a plane that could take whisper thin shavings. It won’t be replacing my nicer planes, but I’ll be keeping it to plane the edges of plywood, MDF, etc., stuff I don’t want...

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Slow Days at the Shop. #3: Bench Planes!

10-10-2015 10:40 AM by fatman51 | 4 comments »

With over 100,000 avid or prospective woodworkers on this site, I would not be surprised to learn that there are fifty thousand blogs about bench planes. We love our bench planes, we like to use them and we want to talk about them. As of recently, I have 8 of them in use, which is 2 more than normal and 6 more than I usually need. While I learned about making cabinets and furniture young, I have done far more general carpenter work in my career. In my truck I carry a 9 inchish smoot...

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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #12: Lowe's is Replacing the 9-3/4" x 2: Bench Plane

10-19-2014 05:23 PM by retired_guru | 1 comment »

A little while ago I decided to contact Lowe’s Customer Care about the damaged spring underneath the quick-release lever cap. If you didn’t see my previous blog entry about this, here is what it looked like when I first disassembled it shortly after purchase: I explained what I found and asked that they either replace the plane with a new one or just ship out to me a new level cap. The representative said a senior manager from the store I bought the plane from would call me...

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Handplanes #2: First Handplane

02-11-2014 09:59 PM by OSU55 | 1 comment »

First Handplane.A very common question – “What planes do I start with?” – and a plethora of opinion out there to answer it! So, I thought I’d throw mine out there as well. It’s possible you are at the stage I was when I started – I didn’t know brands, sizes, types, uses – basically zip. I spent months researching – in part because I like to research and understand something I’m interested in, and because there is a lot of information and opinion about handplanes and what the...

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Handplane Performance Tuning #4: Frog / Lever Cap

02-03-2014 03:46 PM by OSU55 | 2 comments »

The lever cap, chip breaker, blade, frog, and main casting all need to be held together well to act more or less as a single mass. Major sources of chatter are the frog not seated to the bed well, and the blade not seated on the frog well:.. • The blade needs to seat flat against the lower 1/3rd of the frog. • The frog needs to seat well into the main bed. • The chip breaker needs to seat well to the blade. • The lever cap needs to seat well to the top of the chip breaker..Frog.It is not ...

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Handplane Performance Tuning #1: Sharpening Blades / Irons

01-13-2014 11:27 PM by OSU55 | 11 comments »

I have been fortunate enough to assemble and use an array of handplanes – Stanley Bailey bench, block, and specific use planes, oriental woodies of various sizes, Lee Valley Veritas bevel up and scraper planes, and some other assorted types. It took a while, as in 4-5 years of using, fettling, trying various methods of things and different plane designs to form up some conclusions from my experiences. I thought I would pass along these experiences, primarily with the lesser experienced in min...

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Shop Tools #16: New Plane Stanley 5 1/4c

08-29-2013 12:06 AM by WayneC | 7 comments »

Just documenting this plane. It will fill this slot in my bench plane family until I get crazy lucky and find a 605 1/4 in the wild or have extra money to plunk down on the LN version of the plane. I am upgrading from a post WW2 version of the plane. This one is an early example and it is corrugated. If you take Patrick Leech at his word this is the scarcest (5 1/4 corrugated plane) of the Stanley bench planes. Unfortunately this one has been drilled to hang on the wall. More info c...

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Vintage Hand Tools #2: The Keen Kutter K5 Plane

12-01-2011 01:44 AM by Brandon | 18 comments »

The first bench plane that I purchased was a Buck Bros jack plane. I bought it at Home Depot on a whim. I typically like to research products before purchasing them, but I failed to do that with this plane. It looked nice enough, but I didn’t really know what to look for at the time. Alas, my Buck Bros plane was a big disappointment because I didn’t know how to tune it up and it left a rough, chunky finish on the wood. I wanted to know what was so special about those hand planes that everyone...

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