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Thread: Reviving an old plane

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Inside the Beltway

    Reviving an old plane

    Hey, folks,

    A few years ago I picked up an old plane at a tool shop in Connecticut. And by old, I mean old. I think I remember there's a date stamp of 1848 on the plane body, but maybe it was earlier than that?

    At the time, I made a few inquiries to see if it was worth anything (I paid like 12 bucks for it). The answer came back "no", so it's a user. The problem was that the blade is so big I had no way to sharpen it.

    Well, I didn't, until I saw Glenn's cool worksharp station and figured I should make one of my own. I was thinking about how to make the riser he made for his, when I figured I'd better look in the box and see what all I had. Low and behold, in the bottom of the box, there was a wide blade attachment! Well, well!

    As you can see, I'd been playing with my worksharp. That's a jointer I sharpened, and then I just had to flatten my bench a little.

    Attachment 55852

    So, here's the user, pretty much in pieces:

    Attachment 55853

    I got all the rust off the blade

    Attachment 55854

    And had to make a new disk out of some 60 grit I had around.

    Attachment 55855

    Worked like a dream, but took a while.

    Attachment 55856

    Half an hour (and several grits later) curlies!

    Attachment 55857

    Et Voila, a "new" user!

    Attachment 55858



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    RETIRED(!) in Austintown, Ohio
    Looks like a pretty good job to me! Ain't bringing an old tool "back to life" satisfying?
    Jim D.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV

    So another vote for the worksharp? Once I get some more drawers built I'll have to unbox mine and play around with it and make a jig like that.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    Picture # 6 tells the whole story.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Looks like another one lost to neatherland.

    Nice job on the restore Bill. Guess I need to get back to tuning mine up.

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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Santa Claus, In
    Sweetness, looks great.
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Good job Bill!!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Well done, Bill.

    I wonder if the gentleman who made that plane in New England in the mid-1800s -- the guy who wore a tie in the shop every day, along with his apron and cap -- ever imagined his tool would still be making curlies a century and a half later. Or if he could picture it being admired by hundreds, if not thousands of people, instantly sharing photographs and comments worldwide over telegraph wires. Nah.

    But I'll bet he would have loved to use a Worksharp, though.
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Very Nice
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Spitting distance north of Detroit Michigan
    That's some sharp work
    The perception of perfection is perfectly clear to everyone else

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