Japanese Handplanes from a fleamarket

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Blog entry by murrayintokyo posted 12-22-2018 03:41 AM 680 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently picked up four Japanese hand-planes at a local flea market. I should have gotten more to be honest… paid an average of 500 yen each (5 bucks). One was a cheapish flat plane. it was easy to sand the body and re-oil, the blade took a few hours to clean and sharpen. But its now fully usable.

The next three planes. = pictures are here = are more specialized. I think if I spend some quality time I can restore them to next to new condition… but to be honest, the groove plane looks so cool, just tempted to put it on a shelf somewhere… hmm inspires me to look for more used planes….

1. Groove or kerf plane. Has an adjustable fence and three blades. two blades score the line on left and right sides, the third blade follows to make the groove. Brass guides in front and behind the blades.

2. a simple round over place. the blade has a concave grind and the body is meant to go over a 90 corner.

3. a moulding plane. a nice edge finishing profile.. not sure about the guide block that is on the side of the plane however….

hmm how will I sharpen these not flat blades?

Im pretty happy with these.. I think I want to check out some more flea markets!!!

I’d love to get some western hand-planes… anyone want to trade for some Japanese planes?

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#1 posted 12-22-2018 02:32 PM

So where are the images os the finished work Murray?

The blade certainly looks good.

Soon you will be planing like “this”:

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 12-27-2018 01:21 PM

Hi Rob,

umm, no 16 micron planing in my near future !!!!!
I’ve fixed up 2 of the four planes… I’ll get to the others after the holidays!!!

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