New sole on an old wood Jack plane #2: Finish up, adjust and shaves.

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New sole on an old wood Jack plane
Finish up, adjust and shaves.

I dye the plane body, to give it back its patina.

With a cloth and casual moves.

Linseed oil brings back the glow.

Now time to pump some iron!
Just a little time to create a new primary bevel.

And glue the handle back in.

Clamp and leave to dry over night.


Rust remover (Thank you Andy).


Clean up.

This is where we want to go, not too much, not too little.


Grease it up.
I still use the grease box a lot, it is my sweet and loyal friend.

I wax the plane with an ‘antique’ wax, this will add some extra patina.

So here we are almost ready to go.
The ugly dugly became a little swan.

Need to work on the sole now.
To adjust that mouth.

Plane it down until the mouth has the opening you want.


Ok if you have a planner this is really fast.

I use a scraper to smoothen it up.

Oil and wax.

Care for the details.

Taking some wonderful shaves.

Here they are!

Old sole and new sole.
Notice the size of the mouth.

This where we began.

And this where we end; time for some shaves and wonderful tobacco.

This is the end of the blog.

Hope this blog can help to bring some old wooden planes back to life, this is my wish.

Best thoughts,

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

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#1 posted 06-06-2011 11:52 PM

You definately managed to keep the original look. Yeah.

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#2 posted 06-06-2011 11:53 PM

Its always good to have a little Soul !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#3 posted 06-07-2011 12:09 AM

Well done Mafe.That could have been a magazine article.Thank you.

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#4 posted 06-07-2011 12:09 AM

a good blog. I have a couple transitions that need work, but haven’t picked up the all wood planes yet. Sooo little time.

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

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#5 posted 06-07-2011 12:09 AM

wonderfull Mads :-)


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#6 posted 06-07-2011 12:11 AM

That is nice journey Mafe.
I start to feel some connection to those tools.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 06-07-2011 12:12 AM

I forgot to ask. What’s the dye brand?

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#8 posted 06-07-2011 12:35 AM

Well done Mads. I would think the soul of the plane is proud.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 06-07-2011 12:59 AM

That plane now has a nice soul just like you mads ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#10 posted 06-07-2011 01:20 AM

Its great to make shavings.

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#11 posted 06-07-2011 02:03 AM

As always a wonderful read. I love that you make things work like new and look like they are old.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#12 posted 06-07-2011 03:01 AM

Bringing life to the tool and seeing the treasure in the tool. :)
Nice work and good read Mafe

-- Shop's too small :( ... hey the decks pretty big :)!!!

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#13 posted 06-07-2011 04:52 AM

That is Sweet!! and works so good too. You are the MAN!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 06-07-2011 11:42 AM

Very cool work, hope all is well buddy!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 06-07-2011 02:10 PM

Now that is how you do it! Well done on breathing new life into an old work horse. May the two of you have a long and loving friendship for many years to come…..

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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