Just some planes restored #9: The #4 FrankenPlane

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Blog entry by Don W posted 08-29-2011 01:57 AM 2831 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My Dad always kept a well used military rifle with a cheap scope sighted in and stuck away in the gun cabinet. Every year one of the neighbors, or neighbors kids would stop by wanting to borrow a deer rifle. Not wanting to let out one of his “good” deer rifles, he would gladly hand over the dully worn but fully functional piece put together for just that occasion.

Well, just in case somebody stops by my shop and want to borrow a #4 smoother, I thought I’d put together a plane for just this occasions. (it never really happens but it could you know). As with firearms, you can never have to many and you never ever let a good one out of your shop.

Off to the parts bin to find the right pieces to go together. I’m not sure where any of these parts came from, but I’m sure it was a parts plane here and there I picked up, maybe for a particular part, or maybe just because it was cheap.

The surprise to me was how well it works. I’ve shown here the shavings from a white oak piece I’ve used to make a plane body. I might not be able to lone this out after all.

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

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#1 posted 08-29-2011 04:46 AM

I, too, HATE like the dickens to loan my good tools! I would much rather do the work for them than let them borry my tools. NOBODY and I mean NOBODY takes care of my tools the way I do. I will say that there may be an exception with Lumberjocks! I have spent too much time and money invested in my tools to let “half assed” people ruin it for me! Thanks for letting me rant!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 08-29-2011 07:07 PM

Someone may ask me to borrow a tool someday but I am pretty sure they wont ask to borrow my planes. I don’t think anyone I know has ever used one or would know how to use one so I doubt they would want to borrow.

This would be a good plane to keep on hand for odd jobs and misc work. I have a few planes like this that I tuned and sharpened and I often use them for things so that I can keep my really nice planes fresh for more important work.

Looks like you did a good job on the blade. Nice shavings.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#3 posted 09-01-2011 12:33 AM

You made a fine plane there.
I am happy to finally meet some one like me!
I have two of many tools (especially powertools), mine and the once that goes out with the naighbour, the once that are mine, stays mine, and for my hands only. Many laugh at me that I buy extra tools for lending out, but I like to be kind and then I can take super care of my tools so it is a sweet deal I think.
Best thoughts,

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

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#4 posted 09-07-2011 02:59 PM

This goes to show, you don’t have to spend tons of money to have a good tool. Looks like another diamond carved out of the rough.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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