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Forum topic by Rich posted 09-20-2017 04:34 AM 1431 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rich

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09-20-2017 04:34 AM

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I found this plane in a consignment shop in Bisbee, AZ. It is in pretty good shape and the blade is very clean, so I figured for $12, what the heck. I’m trying to decide how to refurbish it. The mouth isn’t perfectly aligned along its length, and the edges of the base (pardon my lack of wooden plane jargon) are a bit rounded.

My first thought is to rip 1/4 to 3/8” off the base and attach a strip of ipe. It’s a good, hard wood with natural lubrication. But I just don’t know.

It’s not a gem, and I’m not going to stress a great deal about it, but if anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.

Here are some photos. If anyone needs to see different angles, let me know. I haven’t begun working on it yet.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner


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#1 posted 09-21-2017 06:06 PM

I don’t have any expertise, just here to bump your thread to see if someone else chimes in. You plan does sound pretty reasonable though. I think I would rip the least I could off, then attach your strip then plane or sand the bottom the least you can to have the mouth open wide enough for shavings to pass through.

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#2 posted 09-22-2017 03:55 AM

Thanks, Tim. It looks like there might not be much interest. The plane is not a gem, like I said. I don’t want to plane much off the sides since then I’d have to grind the sides of the blade. Unless I get some advice to the contrary, I think I’ll saw it flush and do the ipe band, and sand it smooth. Maybe it’ll just be a display piece. For $12, no big deal either way.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 09-22-2017 05:23 AM

Been using a look-a-like of this very plane…..

Never had to work on the sole…
Sharpen the iron, and put it to work. IF you need a few more pictures of mine, let me know…

I made a box to store the plane in….there are walnut keepers there, to keep the plane in the lid..

1.25” wide, Auburn Tool Co. Auburn NY, USA

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#4 posted 09-22-2017 01:52 PM

Thanks, Bandit. Maybe I’m getting too worried about the sole. It’s not like it’s a smoothing plane or something. I’ll take your advice and sharpen the blade and see how it goes from there.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#5 posted 09-22-2017 02:26 PM

I would just plane the sole flat, would only take a few passes I bet. Looks good otherwise.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#6 posted 09-22-2017 02:44 PM

Do you plan to clean it too? Murphy’s oil soap offers a relatively mild cleaning, or various mixes of paste wax, BLO, and other items, or you can go up to red turtle wax to go for a more aggressive clean. Show us when you get it fixed up. Who is the maker? Even if it’s not a collector’s showpiece it can be made to work pretty well.

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#7 posted 09-22-2017 05:33 PM

I think you’ll find that it’s more a rabbit plane than a shoulder plane. As such it needs one cheek and the sole to be true and square to each other.

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#8 posted 09-22-2017 08:35 PM

I trued my rabbet plane like you say. I did the sides first with very light plane passes then I planed the sole to get the 90º to the right hand side. I modified it then adding a removable, adjustable fillister. Now it is a handy thing to have.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#9 posted 09-23-2017 12:08 AM

Hmmm, mine was only $10….but seemed to be well cared for….

Not too bad, for almost 100 years old?

Sole is kept waxed with a candle. One edge stands a hair proud of the sides, the other is flush.

On one end, there is the maker’s name…

The other has the size, and model number. Also where “fine” adjustments were made.

Pay attention to the end of the wedge, as it helps direct shavings out the side of the plane.
I’ll be using mine to clean up tenons, tomorrow…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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