Plane restoration #4 – Plane body and frog

20150327_152127I began by soaking the plane body and frog in a bath of white spirit for half an hour or so, just to get rid of any oil and grease and loosen all the crud that had built up in the nooks and crannies.

To help things along I scrubbed them with a wire brush, and rinsed them off with some clean white spirit. I then patted them down with a paper towel and let the residue evaporate for a few minutes. Continue reading “Plane restoration #4 – Plane body and frog”

Plane restoration #3 – Disassembly


Well, here we are all disassembled and ready to go. This is the plan of attack:

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Plane restoration #2 – Flattening the sole

This first thing to do when you want to flatten the sole of a plane is to check whether it needs flattening at all. There are two reasons that you might choose not to flatten the sole 1. It is too far gone to be worth bothering with 2. It is perfectly flat enough for your purposes.

20150327_140333I employ two tests to before deciding what to do. First, I make sure the iron is fully retracted and I lay the plane sole down on a flat surface (in this case a ceramic tile that I’ve checked with a straight edge). I then use a 5 thou (.127 mm) feeler gauge and se if I can slide it underneath the plane at any point. If I can, then I probably won’t go any further with flattening, I’d consider turning it into a scrub plane, for really rough work (something that I might do with one of my #4s or my#5½).

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Plane restoration #1 – Here goes…


Here is what we’re up against. It doesn’t look too bad is this picture, but things aren’t quite so rosy when you take a closer look. Continue reading “Plane restoration #1 – Here goes…”

A word about hand planes

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Stanley 1929 Catalog

Before we begin our restoration project, I thought it would be appropriate to talk a little about our hand plane, and to find out some information about it. It turns out that there are two important numbers associated with Stanley hand planes – one tells you their size, the other their age.

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Joiners Mallet

A little while ago a friend popped in with some presents for me – three logs. One of apple, one of ash and a smaller one of acacia (myrtle). I had put word about that I was interested in some big lumps of seasoned hardwood to make a mallet from.20150227_144844

It was after watching these videos from Paul Sellers that I first became interested in making my own mallet. He uses oak in the videos, but I had read somewhere that apple was quite a traditional wood for mallet heads, so I decided to go with that. Continue reading “Joiners Mallet”

Thinking ahead


When I demolished my old shed, I pretty much got rid of everything of the structure, apart from one thing. I saved a large beam, 3″ by 9″ by 15′. I cut it up into three sections and they are stored in my new shed. One of these fine days I intend planing them up, jointing them and laminating them to form the top of a Roubo style workbench.

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Turning saw


I was watching one of Tom Fidgen‘s videos a few weeks ago, and he was using what looked like a wooden coping saw – a small bow saw, with a very thin blade. I was intrigued by it, so I did a bit of research and ascertained that it was what is called a Turning Saw.

There are several instructional videos and articles online on how to make one of these saws, and I thought I’d have a crack at one. Continue reading “Turning saw”

Shopmade turning machine

I had a little project on the go a few weeks ago that I’ll be posting about shortly. Anyway, this project called for two small turned handles. Well, the thing is, I don’t have a lathe. I’d love to have a lathe, but I just don’t have the funds at the moment and, to be truthful, I’m not sure how much I’d actually use one – certainly not enough to justify spending hundreds of pounds that I can’t really afford.

Maybe, one of these days, I’ll get one. But for now, I was faced with a choice: buy some handles online, or improvise.

I decided to improvise. Continue reading “Shopmade turning machine”

Sharpening #2



In my last post, I linked to a Paul Sellers video about recutting saw teeth. Near the end of the video he can be seen using a set of saw chocks, to clamp the saw plate at an easier height for working.






I decided that I would like to make a set of saw chocks for myself. I found this post on Paul’s blog, which gave the dimensions of his chocks, so I adapted the design a little and set to work.

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