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Japanese Kiwa Kanna
back to life

I got this beautiful old Kiwa Kanna (skewed hand plane) from Japan, for next to nothing, fully aware of the crack in the body.
The truth is I bought it with out hoping to restore it, out of interest and to study it.
But when I got it I realized that it was fixable.
And so I gave it a shot, to see if I could bring it back to life.

Pictures:
1. Crack.
2. Drilling into the body, shows that there are metal inside…
3. Cut the end to get to the metal and look what I dig out, I also make a piece of hardwood to close it up after.
4. A Danish coin will be the washer on the threaded rod that will fix the problem, this to give it a new history.
5. After bolting it together, time to glue the hardwood in place.
6. Crack closed up, body restored - plane back to life.

I choose to let the repair be visible, think this is more honest.
It works as a dream after a sharpening and so it is now in use with my Japanese tools.

You can read more about Kanna's in my Japanese tools blog series:
http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/series/4203

(Another post from the never posted archive - lol).

_Hope it can be a inspiration to fix and not give up,

Best thoughts,

MaFe

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Very nice job fixing up this old plane. Finding metal when cutting into unknown wood is always annoying, and sometimes expensive as blades are destroyed… glad you got that nail out of there.
 

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Pretty cool Mads. Nice fix.
 

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Way to go, Mads. It is back in service now. Those coins make good washers. What is it made of, brass?

Cheers, Jim
 

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That's why I keep a metal detector handy. I've ruined a few band saw blades sawing up "urban lumber" with nails in it. I even found a big rail road spike once. Nice work on the plane rehab. I continue to be impressed with your photographic documentation of your projects, posted or not.
 

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Nice restore! The coin is a great touch.
 

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Nice save. Glad you found it.
 

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Autopsy turned resuscitation with a great outcome! Way to go Dr. Mads! Thanks for sharing.
 

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That's a great save Mafe.
A fancy name too. by the time you are done with the Japanese tools you will be fluent in the Japanese language.
 

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Nothing better than a venerable tool restored to usefulness Mads. I think tools must feel very secure in your hands.
 

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Nice rehab and preservation ,you left a loving mark on the old tool.
 

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Hej Mads,
You should look around at some of the antique stores and see if you can find a pile of the old 25 Ore coins, they have the predrilled hole. Perfect for washers. :)

Dave
 

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Very Nice Work Indeed Mads! Thanks For Sharing!

Rick
 

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A very involved rehab but it seems to have worked well so good for you. Nice job Mafe.
 

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Hi there, LJ's,
Planebill, yes, amazing the struggle we go through in life, lol. If I was a carpenter I would probably have traced it, but the truth is I'm a rhykenologist first, then building technician and architect - so not much carpenter there. In other words I love bringing life back to old tools and things, hope someone will do that to me, when I grow old and useless. Smiles.
Rick, thank you back.
Dave, actually there are a hole in the coins I used (new Danish kroner), the problem was that the hole was to small, laugh. But you are completely right, the old Danish 25 øre was famous for being good washers. What's your relation to this?
Kiefer, a mark of love and care I hope, I believe it is the best mark we can leave. ;-)
Mike, it feels wonderful in my hand and I feel lucky to pass it on to new generations hopefully one day, after having used it.
Ian, laughs, I think it will rain frogs before I speak Japanese, but hope to get to Japan one day.
Candy, Dr. MaFe San… lol, specialist in suffering tools…
Don, thanks, I know we share a love there.
Doe, perhaps it even added a little value…
Ken, you can see you are not the only doctor now… Yes I think I will give my metal detector a better place in my workshop since I often use urban wood.
Jim, no some sort of steel I think, they are really hard.
Madts, Smiles here.
Bobasaurus, no tools suffered under this blog…
Best thoughts,
Mads
 

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Hey Mads,
My mothers side of the family is Danish, and I have spent quite a lot of time there. Most of the family lives on Jutland (some in Aalborg, and some in Hadsund) , others live north of Copenhagen.

I hope to take the family there for a visit next summer. My wife , my two boys, and my parents will stay for a month, I'll just be there for about two weeks.

Dave
 

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Hi Roger, do not worry, soon really soon!
Dave, ahhh that explains it. If you visit Copenhagen let me know, always happy to have visits in the work shop.
Best thoughts,
Mads
 

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Fantastic rehab. Love the coin-washer…
 

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Thanks Philip.
Big smile here.
 
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