Scottish Infill Plane Restore

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Project by Charlie posted 07-11-2017 05:38 PM 2344 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently found a carpenters tool box that belonged to a long since deceased relative. Within this tool box I discovered several tools which had lay undisturbed for at least 40yrs. To me this was a treasure chest. The above infill plane was on of those treasures. I spent quite a lot of time restoring this plane, mainly for sentimental reasons however, the plane came up a treat and is a joy to use!
The timber infills had their day and required replacement, using the originals and the steel body as a template, I cut back the infill to solid timber to keep as much of the original timber as possible. I then glued mahogany to the sole and sides and made a new front handle and stripped the tote. The blade was soaked in vinegar and wire brushed. After that I flattened the sole with various grits of sand paper on a granite slab. Replaced all the screws with solid brass, added hard maple ‘kickers’ to the front and back, sealed the timber, applied boiled linseed oil, sharpened the blade and I now have an awesome infill plane, that doesn’t look to bad.

-- Charlie

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#1 posted 07-11-2017 06:01 PM

Nice work, Charlie!

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

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#2 posted 07-11-2017 06:21 PM

Cheers, hope to get more projects uploaded over the next few days!

-- Charlie

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#3 posted 07-12-2017 12:55 PM

Looks great and I really like your hard maple kicker addition.

-- For those about to die, remember your bicycle helmet!

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#4 posted 07-13-2017 10:09 AM

Cheers Iain. Thought it would be easy to replace, easier to shape as well

-- Charlie

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