Liberty Bell Rebuild

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Project by doubleDD posted 03-07-2017 03:37 PM 2798 views 2 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This plane is over a 100 years old. I don’t know the story behind it totally but it belonged to my dad, and where he got it from, I have no idea. It has been sitting around here for years taking up room and collecting more dirt and rust, but I kept it for the memory. So it was time to redo it and see if I can get it to work.
All the metal parts were so rusted together that I had it soaked in rust blaster for days just to get it apart. Sorry no pic. After that I put it in some apple cider vinegar for a week to get off most of the rust. It started to look like a plane again. The sole was way beyond any repair so I decided to just start from scratch.
Whatever reason made me keep it so long made me think this was what I was suppose to do. I made the sole and the sides out of rosewood since it is very hard. Only the top half is ash that I used to give it some character. I made a new tote and knob out of rosewood also.
After all metal parts were cleaned and time for assembly, I had to do some drastic work to the iron. I have it to the point were it gives a nice shaving but I still need to do more work on the blade.
Now I will be able to use it instead of just looking at it, and it will join my other planes.
I’m by no means a refurbisher on planes, but giving it a new life and a meaning was priceless.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 03-07-2017 06:07 PM

What a wonderful story and a superb restoration. Nicely done Dave.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 03-07-2017 06:45 PM

Great job…look new

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#4 posted 03-07-2017 06:47 PM

Dave, Now you can say”I did that!” with pride instead of “what am I going to do with that?” I guess I can and Pride to my “P’s” of woodworking.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 03-07-2017 07:39 PM

Thanks for the comment Jarhead.

Thanks Lee.I feel really good about doing it.

Redoak49, it does look good and almost works as good as new.

Yes Tom, There is a lot of pride on this one. Even just for the sake of doing something with it besides sit there.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 03-07-2017 07:53 PM

Looks good Dave. Should last for a long time!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#7 posted 03-07-2017 07:57 PM

Beautiful. I would love to rehab and rebuild a plane like that someday.

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#8 posted 03-07-2017 08:03 PM

That sir, is a thing of beauty!

-- Red pencil, red marker, marking knife... doesn't mater, the wood will end up the same color.

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#9 posted 03-07-2017 08:10 PM

It’s totaly new and unique tool, which kept his old soul. Realy looks beautiful.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 03-07-2017 08:27 PM

Wow! What a nice story and project Dave. I bet you’ll be thinking about your dad every time you hold this beautifully rebuilt plane in your hands. You did an exquisite job getting this treasure back in tip top shape. Now get to work on that blade! :)

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#11 posted 03-07-2017 09:17 PM

Thanks Jeff. I’m sure it will out last me now. Haha

kocgolf, thanks. It’s one of those things. Either use it or get rid of it. Since it had that special value, I had to do something with it.

Dregan Tepis, thanks. It turned out better than I thought. And it works too. That surprised me. Hard to adjust it, but once you do, shave away.

Thanks Ivan. I know your a man who builds a lot of tools and does well.

Thanks Tony. I need to resurface the workbench table. I’m thinking of using this in the process. At least some of it. It will make me feel good. Then I may have to find a special place for it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 03-07-2017 10:13 PM

Nice work Dave, has another 100 years in it now.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#13 posted 03-07-2017 10:20 PM

Fantastic restoration, I really like seeing this.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#14 posted 03-07-2017 11:30 PM

Hey Dave, that is a great story and beautiful restoration.
Congratulations, and now you have something very special from your Dad, instead of a “pile of junk” full of rust and dirt.

Did you know that “MOLASSES” is also very good for dissolving rust??

Great job Buddy.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#15 posted 03-07-2017 11:40 PM

Great save Dave, well done buddy.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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