Transitional restores

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Blog series by Don W updated 07-16-2012 08:30 PM 4 parts 17232 reads 50 comments total

Part 1: First transitional restore

08-28-2011 12:33 AM by Don W | 6 comments »

I’ve put off restoring transitional planes for a couple of reasons. First I heard they were hard to tune, and they can be easy to find, but a bit more pricey then their metal counterparts. Well, I think I’m in the game now. I’ve had this plane for a while, and finally got around to fixing her up. I was extremely surprised at how nice it worked. Its an Ohio Tool 15” jack. And restored…............

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Part 2: Transitional restore the dw way.

03-27-2012 01:57 PM by Don W | 11 comments »

A transitional bench plane can be a pleasure to use and they just look really cool. I’ve restored several, and each one tends to bring on a new challenge. Its a restore of wood and metal parts. Its not that hard to transform these into fine performing tools that are pleasing to the eye. First thing I typically do is take everything apart and place the parts in a container. I will often be restoring more than one plane at a time, and it is easy to start forgetting what part goes w...

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Part 3: #34 What, a Jointer?

07-06-2012 04:05 PM by Don W | 13 comments »

I won this on Ebay for a pretty reasonable price. All Ive done is soak the metal parts in evapo-rust and give the wood a coat of BLO and wax. I fixed the tote with a piece of beech from a donor transitional body I had laying around. The blade was wire wheeled and sharpened. I don’t have time to upload all the action shots, but they can be seen thanksdw

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Part 4: Ohio Tool #122, What a Surprise

07-16-2012 08:30 PM by Don W | 20 comments »

..Some times a restore comes along that just surprises the crap out of me. I’m a bit of an Ohio Tools buff. I’m not sure why, but I just started seeking out anything that has Ohio Tools stamped on it. This plane is no exception. I really believed it was beyond hope, but I could make out the Ohio Tools stamp. Had it not come with a bunch of other planes though, making it almost free, it probably would have been still sitting on the antique dealers shelf.....Someone in its previous ...

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