A couple of wood planes restored.

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Project by Don W posted 08-28-2011 07:00 PM 2087 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought these 2 wood planes for 99 cents on ebay. Add $4 shipping and for less than $5 i figured the blades would be worth the cost id the planes didn’t work out. I wasn’t to optimistic when they arrived, but they turned out better than I anticipated. They work really well. I had some problems with my first wood plane restore trying to get it to work properly. I didn’t have the same problem with these. These work really well for jack planes.

The first was the easiest. The wedge that came with it didn’t fit. I think it was actually the blade that was different, making the wedge wrong, but making a wedge seemed like the best thing to do. The blade needed a lot of work as well. It took a couple of days of off and on sharpening to finally get the dings out of it. Its sharp now and actually works better than I expected it to.

The second I didn’t even plan to restore. But, it sat on the shelf calling my name, so I decided to give it a try. The body is made out of cherry. Since it didn’t have a tote or a wedge I decided to make the tote, the wedge and the front knob out of scrap pieces of ash.

All in all I’m pretty happy with the outcome. I’ll be on the look out for some more 99 cent specials.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#1 posted 08-28-2011 07:56 PM

Great job Don,
I really think these old wooden block planes look their best with the patina of wear. Cool!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#2 posted 08-28-2011 08:03 PM

Can’t be the price. Nice job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 08-28-2011 11:01 PM

Don, nice work on these beautys!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 08-28-2011 11:20 PM

Amazing transformation Don. I can see now, why you haven’t started on the braces yet. :-)

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#5 posted 08-29-2011 02:12 PM

Those turned out really nice. I have a jointer plane and a Stanley No. 5 that I’m working on right now. I may call on you for advice. If that’s alright?

-- Doug

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#6 posted 08-29-2011 03:46 PM

Hey Doug. I’ll be glad to answer any question I can.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#7 posted 08-29-2011 04:49 PM

Great work. It seems like all the plane restorations begin and end with the iron age. Both planes look fantastict and i’m happy to hear the work well too.

-- Anthony

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