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Forum topic by DonEBeasley posted 06-20-2013 08:49 AM 1203 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-20-2013 08:49 AM

New to the forum and the site. After 20+years away from woodwork, I have decided to make a year long project of turning my garage back into a woodworking shop with a little blacksmith area as well.

The thing that is different this time is that I want to spend time learning how to use all the hand tools I have. In the past I was all power tools or it didn’t get done. Since this time is more of a hobby than a side business, I want to enjoy my time doing woodwork by hand.

So I have started dragging out and cleaning up tools. Here are a couple that I have bought thru the years. Now I just need to remember how to sharpen and use them.

I know everyone collects Stanley planes but as with most things I am different so I seem to collect Record planes.

Here is my Record No 2

It is old and in need of some TLC so I will put new wood on it and bag up the originals. I have aready cleaned it and waxed it but have not sharpened it yet. I am not sure my hands fit it anymore (if they ever did).

Here it is with my Record No. 8

You folks have a wealth of knowledge so I will be hanging out here alot!!!!

-- I have never seen a headstone that says "Great Employee". Spend more time with your family

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#1 posted 06-20-2013 09:30 AM

Hi DonEBeasley,

Welcome aboard to the Lumberjocks.

Cheers Graham.

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#2 posted 06-20-2013 09:55 AM

I wouldn’t replace the wood on those planes. #1 it appears to be in nice condition and #2 your “new wood” will look like this when you use the planes anyways.

They’re beautiful planes, by the way. :)

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Bill White

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#3 posted 06-20-2013 04:44 PM

Gladahaveya! :)
I wouldn’t replace a thing on old #2. Sharpen it up and get after it.
I don’t own any Records, but they are well respected planes.
Don’t be a stranger.

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Don W

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#4 posted 06-20-2013 11:42 PM

Welcome to LJs
I just collect planes. I’M not all that fussy about maker as long as they are a decent plane. I’ve never owned a Record, but I’ve held them, and I’d buy one if I have the chance.

A #2 of almost anything is a treasure.

keep us posted on your progress.

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

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#5 posted 06-21-2013 01:09 AM

I have been collecting planes and chisels for years—-every garage sale, flea market, etc. I have the tools that belonged to one of my grandfathers and most of my wife’s grandfather’s tools, he was a carpenter his whole life. He liked stanley’s so I have a few of those. Right now I am talking to some folks in England that have about 10 record planes of various types, all in the original wood boxes. Her father was a carpenter his whole life and she wants the tools to stay together. Most are from the 40’s and 50’s. Shipping will probably kill me but I am giving it serious thought.

In Records I have 2, 3, 4, 4 1/2, 5, 5 1/2, 6, 7, 8, 9 1/2, 10, 10 1/2, 43, 77, 60 1/2, and I am sure I am missing a few. I have a Stanley in 5 and 6. Some are from the 30’s but most are from 60’s and newer.

I am now in the process of taking a few classes on joinery and sharpening so that I can more effectively use what I have.

-- I have never seen a headstone that says "Great Employee". Spend more time with your family

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#6 posted 06-21-2013 01:17 PM

I have a 7 record just like that. Great plane. Sharpening is key so you are on the right track to learn that first. good luck.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#7 posted 06-21-2013 01:21 PM

It sounds like you are going to have a lot of fun. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 06-21-2013 01:25 PM

Enjoy the new/old adventure.


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#9 posted 06-21-2013 01:40 PM

There is a religious group near Waco, TX that offers all types of classes on old skills from beekeeping to blacksmithing and everything in between. They have a great woodworking program but it is too expensive for me to take some of their classes. I am taking some of the one-days as they are not too bad. Their bench class is 2 weeks and about $3500. Too rich for me.

They are nice folks and very knowledgeable. I have taken several classes in other areas than woodwork and find them to be good classes so I am trying 2 one-day classes in the next two months.

-- I have never seen a headstone that says "Great Employee". Spend more time with your family

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Robert Tutsky

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#10 posted 06-21-2013 02:02 PM

Hi Don! Glad to hear that you are getting back to working with wood again. I was in the same boat as you in that at one time I had a large shop with all the tools and quite a few hand tools but mainly used the power stuff to get thing done. Unfortunately I lost it all when the company I worked for downsized and I had to move. Now I have a small shop making small things. Few power stuff now and actually enjoy woodworking more now than I ever did in the past. One thing I found out quickly with the switch to hand tools is having sharp tools is more than “it’s sharp enough”, it’s mandatory.

Now all you have to do is tune up those planes and get the irons sharp and have some fun!

BTW I wouldn’t replace the wood on those fine looking planes either.

Good luck with your woodworking endeavors!


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#11 posted 06-21-2013 06:23 PM


I think one of the best ways to spend your time as you get back into handtools is learning how to sharpen. Everyone has their own sharpening habits, techniques, and epiphanies. My advice for right now would be DO NOT go out and buy a honing guide. Even the expensive ones have failed on me. I have found that sharpening freehand with one large convex bevel is easier, MUCH faster, and just as effective as using a micro-bevel method with a honing guide. I know what you are thinking – this is bogus, I’m not good enough to do that, etc. Wrong, because I’m not good enough to do it either and it works great for me. Give freehand sharpening a try before you go out and buy all the fancy honing guides. Here are the links to the videos that I learned from. The guy’s name is Paul Sellers and he is an incredible woodworking teacher with some great free stuff available to learn from. By the way – DON’T SKIP THE STROP . Enjoy!!!



-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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