My hand plane journey

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Blog series by dschlic1 updated 04-08-2014 01:24 AM 3 parts 6394 reads 7 comments total

Part 1: The aquisition

04-05-2014 01:34 PM by dschlic1 | 5 comments »

I am writing this blog to describe my journey down the bench plane path. I hope that it does not bore everyone. I have a small shop in my two car garage which has two cars it in. In other words very cramped, but I have a niche in which I store my wood working tools. I have an assortment of power and hand tools: table saw, router, circular saw, jig saw, hammers, screw drivers, chisels etc. However I have only one small block plane:I don’t know how it came into my possession, nor does ...

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Part 2: Initial cleaning

04-06-2014 10:02 PM by dschlic1 | 2 comments »

The next step on my hand plane journey is to disassemble all the parts and clean everything up. I separated all of the ferrous metal parts and put them in a bath of Evapo-rust: I also sanded off the finish on the knob and tote. The tote has a chip off of the top. I was going to ignore that but it does make the tote uncomfortable to handle. Here is a picture of all of the pieces after the initial clean up: The Evapo-rust did a great job on removing the rust of all of the iron parts....

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Part 3: Repairs

04-08-2014 01:24 AM by dschlic1 | 0 comments »

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...

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