Hand plane collection

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Project by chippewafalls posted 06-10-2017 02:04 PM 1664 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the past 25+ years woodworking became a stress release from the daily work grind too an enjoyable hobby bordering on an obsession (according to my wife). Along the way my collection of wood planes increased through gifts and small purchases ($5.00 or less). After some recent purchases I spent a couple of hours this morning cleaning, sharpening and adjusting these recent purchases. Of course, during the tuning up process I wanted to check the performance.
In the end, I now have a greater appreciation for the specially/ease of use, of hand planes. So often woodworkers will purchase the latest and greatest motor driven tools, when in reality a simple hand tool, properly adjusted and used will do a better job. Don’t under estimate that rusted, dirty, under priced hand tool you come across. It may just be what you need to take a well crafted project from “well crafted” to that heirloom piece you were expecting.

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#1 posted 06-10-2017 11:03 PM

That is a nice collection you have there. The hand plane world is so vast and varied, it staggers the mind .And at that price range , there are some beautys hidden under all that rust . I found that tool collecting is now another out growth of my woodworking . I enjoy them both, but I to have to watch the pennies. Have fun, and looking foward to seeing your next treasure.i myself have gotten into collecting old metal squares .

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#2 posted 06-11-2017 01:03 PM

Thanks for the comment and views. Glad everyone enjoyed. Sometimes old reliable hand powered tools give the best results.

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#3 posted 06-11-2017 01:10 PM

Very nice. I’m handplane user as well. I try to avoid the term collector. LOL

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

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#4 posted 06-11-2017 01:18 PM

Looks like a terrific assortment of users, Chippewa. And all I can say is “ditto” to the use of these fine hand tools. It’s amazing, the things that can be accomplished once a well-tuned block plane is handy. Definitely keeps me from attempting weird (and potentially dangerous) cuts at the table saw.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#5 posted 06-11-2017 03:09 PM

Once tuned and sharp they can do a lot. The Work Sharp really makes it fast and easy to sharpen properly.

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#6 posted 06-20-2017 01:45 PM

Nice collection. Way more than I have or hope to have. I’ve been trying not to collect. Watching the cents and lack of space helps to reign in collecting habits. I have a handful of planes, most old and gotten cheap. It’s been fun to clean them up and make them usable again. I’ve done that with a few old grandfather planes and given to family. I found I enjoy the restoration process. The saving of what others turn away from or trash. There is a joy in bringing an old tool (or something) back to life. Especially when you gift it to someone who appreciates it. Worth the sparkle in their eyes.
Thanks for sharing.

-- "The Noblest Art is that of making others happy." ~ P.T. Barnum

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#7 posted 02-27-2019 04:31 AM

Nicely done! I’d love to be able to use a hand plane properly. I was recently given a rusty Stanley (a nr. 4 I think) and I’ve been restoring it slowly. It needs a new handle because the original was riddled with borer. I’ve cleaned off the rust and have to get onto the tote next.

-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.

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