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I am in the process of restoring a bunch of old Stanley/Bailey planes, and many of them had broken or damaged totes/knobs. This was my first attempt at making my own tote/knob set. I chose Zebrawood, and I decided to make 2 knobs and 2 totes. Obviously, the knobs were turned on a lathe. The totes were a bit trickier. First I cut out the outline with a scroll saw. Next, I routered/chiseled them for more shape. I finished the contours by chucking up a sandpaper cone in the lathe, and working the tote on the cone with my hands. The totes and knobs were then finished with many rubbings of a special blend of spar varnish and oil to give them a glossy, durable finish. I quite enjoyed this project, and I will most definitely be making more.

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Great looking work.
 

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Looks great!..... good job on the restoring
 

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Real nice, I just restored a #5 and that was a lot of work. Can't imagine having to make the tote and knob also. Great work.
 

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Love the wood figure! Very nice looking handles.

BTW, for those who want to make replacement totes for your planes, Lee Valley has free templates for Stanley and Veritas planes to download, along with some basic instructions: http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=63262. So you don't need to measure and trace the actual ones… :)
 

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Beautiful work with a nice wood. I have also used zebrawood in making a boot and it polishes nicely and I used a gunstock orange finish.
 

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very nice work
 

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WO! Awesome is the first thing that comes to mind. Please let me see it on your vintage Stanley, they deserve to be on a Bedrock rather than your relatively late Stanley.
 

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Yes - Zebrawood polishes up amazingly. It sure does stink though!

Thanks for looking!
 

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Very nice!
 

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Yea, that is tool porn if I ever seen it!...lol

Outstanding and beautiful! May have to print off a pin up to put out in my shop….lol

Thanks for sharing! I really enjoyed seeing this….
 

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Hahaha, Toolporn. That's very funny. I also am restoring some planes. It might me a nice idea to use some different woods like zebrawood. Thanks for the tip.
 

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They look pretty good, but I don' think that I can give a real critique without a "hands on" review. How about this, box up the totes, you can include the planes too, and after a brief evaluation I'll be able to let everyone know the quality of your work.

Whadda ya think?

Really, beautiful choice of wood, fine execution.

We're looking forward to your future posts.

later,
 

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Wow! those are beautiful.
 

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They came out great!

I have made a few out of cherry, but I think I am going to make outfit my damaged planes with cocabolo totes/knobs.
 

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Thanks Norm! I have a set of chisel handles I made out of cherry, and have also used cocobolo for plane totes/knobs. Cocobolo is such a dense, beautiful wood - I love to work with it. It is one of my favorites.
 

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Absolutely stunning ! They're perfect right down to the finish : )
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