Stanley plane handle retrofit

Found this Canadian made Stanley hand plane at the market and it is in pretty good shape but like any tool I own I had to play with it .
After a good clean and flattening the sole I sharpened the iron and gave it a run and it produced some nice shavings .
The only thing that was not to my liking was the way the handles fit my hands so I decided that a larger set of more comfortable and fitting handles is what it need .
The handles are made of walnut and cherry laminated and shaped with the band saw, rasp and spindle sander finished with sand paper to 220 grit and wax finish .
Since it is a Canadian made Stanley I thought putting a Canadian dollar coin in the front handle would be a nice touch and I sure like the way the handles changed the look .
The plane feels much better in my hands as it is a easier and less effort grip and is another tool in my hand tool collection that will get used and not used as a ornament .

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lanwater ...

That’s customization of the plane.
The coin is nice touch.

shipwright ...

Great work Klaus. Seems to be Canadian plane week on WWW.
It’s a little scary the way both of us have taken to photographing shavings.
On the serious side though, there really is something about a well tuned plane making effortless passes and producing smooth surfaces and fine ribbons.
I fully understand the need for bigger handles when you have big hands.

Brian ...

Looks great!

Michal Bulla ...

Very nice!

HorizontalMike ...

OK, now that is different. I have to admit that while I (that is me) would not use laminates in the way you have, it is still quite acceptable and I am sure there will be a fan base for your design. And THAT is my point. Quality woodwork will always find its own fan base. Well done.

a1jim ...

Cool idea making stripes on your handles.

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