My hand plane journey #3: Repairs

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Blog entry by dschlic1 posted 04-08-2014 01:24 AM 1929 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The only major defect is c hip missing from the top of the tote. I was going to pass on repairing the tote mainly because there was no way I could duplicate the wood, and I really wanted a clear finish on the tote and knob. However the top of the tote was very uncomfortable in my hand. So I glued a piece of red oak to the top, and then shaped it. Lee Valley has templates of the various totes for Stanley planes.

I also sanded flat the sole of the plane. It was very flat to begin with, and I took it up to 320 grit. The end result:

I then sharped the blade on my Worksharp:

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