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Custom Tote & Knob for Stanley No 5 - 8 Hand Planes

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Project by DevinT posted 03-26-2021 12:34 AM 829 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I refinished these handles from Michael K. Woodworks.

They are provided to me with a shellac and paste wax finish and then I remove the paste wax with mineral spirits, remove the shellac with acetone, and then do some additional work to the knob before I refinish them.

The wood is Bubinga and quite often the cyma reversa curve on the low knob is not blended and shows striations from turning. Also, since the knob has a high degree of exposed end grain, what I like to do is to sand the end grain to a very high/fine grit before applying finish so that the end grain does not darken as much as it would were I to leave it as-is.

I use 9 coats of [Watco] Danish Oil and 1 or 2 applications of [Daddy Van’s] Lavender & Beeswax furniture polish. This really makes the chatoyancy of the wood come out and you get that nice 3D effect.

-- Devin, SF, CA





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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 03-26-2021 02:11 AM

Dang, those are truly beautiful. I have been scraping all the old finish off, a lite sanding followed by some oil based poly.
Yours look truly wonderful.

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DevinT

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#2 posted 03-26-2021 02:19 AM


Dang, those are truly beautiful. I have been scraping all the old finish off, a lite sanding followed by some oil based poly.
Yours look truly wonderful.

- BurlyBob

You’ve got to see the video to truly appreciate the finish. I’m stunned. Now, it’s no curly Bubinga (though still Bubinga), but it is nonetheless breathtaking imho.

https://twitter.com/freebsdfrau/status/1372722702943805441

The Veritas Bubinga handles from Canada (pre-CITES) pale in comparison. I originally started out wanting to upgrade my Stanley to have the same type of wood as my Veritas, but in my opinion the Stanley handles now surpass those of the Veritas line.

-- Devin, SF, CA

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robscastle

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#3 posted 03-26-2021 11:56 AM

glad to see you only posted the wooden parts of the plane and no plastic or metal.

Tee hee

Good job keep up the good work.

-- Regards Rob

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Notw

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#4 posted 03-26-2021 01:30 PM

Very nice, but the Stanley no. 3 and no. 4 do not have the front screw. These handles start at a no. 5

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grovemadman

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#5 posted 03-27-2021 01:48 AM

I need to make another tote for my no. 4. These look nice!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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Gerald Etto

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#6 posted 03-31-2021 12:46 AM

I’ve been wanting to make a set myself, I have some sapele and oak ready. Your look really beautiful.

-- Weekend Woodworker @ https://ettowoodworking.com

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DevinT

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#7 posted 03-31-2021 04:53 PM

Rob, Thanks!

Notw, thank you, I didn’t know that.

madman, you definitely should!

Gerald, sapele would look really nice and you know oak ages really pretty (late 19th century oak furniture is really spectacular looking).

-- Devin, SF, CA

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Pjonesy

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#8 posted 04-05-2021 04:41 AM

Great work. I could use some for my old planes.

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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