Any Hand Plane Fettlers out Arizona way?

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Forum topic by Dwain posted 10-15-2017 12:41 AM 892 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-15-2017 12:41 AM

Topic tags/keywords: stanley bailey hand plane 4 fettling

I am trying to get a Stanley #4 back to life and am running into some issues. I’ve watched all sorts of youtube videos, but now I would actually like to ask someone some questions, so… if there is anyone out Phoenix way that is proficient at tuning up a hand plane, I’d love to take a few of your minutes to learn more and fettle mine. Should would appreciate any time that could be given.


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#1 posted 10-15-2017 06:34 PM

Short of someone seeing this from your area, the only other options I can think of are if there is a woodcraft or rocker near by, some locations have had classes on hand plane tuning. Or you could contact local woodworking guilds or groups to try to locate someone.

Also you can try sending your plane to someone that’s good at fettling, they can look at it and tell you what would need to be done.

Last, there are two good resources i’ve used, DonW’s timetestedtools website has good articles on tuning hand planes and there used to be a free version of the article Hand plane rehab by Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk, but now I can’t find one. I see you can buy the back issue though. It has a lot of good fine tuning tips.

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#2 posted 10-15-2017 07:10 PM

Dwain, when we meet up to mill the mesquite you want done we can look at your Stanley while you’re here. I don’t have any old planes anymore because I started building my own woodys but I have fettled many that were over 100 years old that wanted to get back to work.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#3 posted 10-16-2017 01:39 AM

Hi Dwain, I’m no expert, but get my own planes going. Happy to help if you are up my way. Also, the Rockler up this way periodically has hand-plane classes taught by David Flemming who is a really awesome local cabinetmaker/hand tool guru. Also check out the Southwest School of Woodworking for classes they offer. David also does classes in his shop or you can have private tutorials with him if you want. His rates are very reasonable and he’s a really cool guy.

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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#4 posted 10-16-2017 03:16 AM


I love LumberJocks. Thanks for your offers of help guys! I will be looking up David, and reaching out. I’d love to get into a Rockler class too if David’s classes are a little to pricey for me. Still thanks to both of you!

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#5 posted 10-17-2017 01:48 AM

I almost hate to ask but how are you using “fettling”?? I’m familiar with it in green ceramics and in production of green powder metal parts to clean up the mold lines before firing.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#6 posted 10-17-2017 02:45 AM

Bill, it just means getting the plane set up, tuned and taking shavings the way it should. Just getting it dialed in. You typically see it in reference to planes, spoke shaves and other tools. Typically when you’re setting up a tool for use, you’d say you are going to hone and fettle it.

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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#7 posted 10-17-2017 03:33 PM

Have you seen this video?

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