Hand planes #12: A light repair

As seen in my last instalment in this series I found some writing on the bottom of a plane handle. I repaired that handle and sanded and dyed it again and gave it several coats is new shellac. I also cleaned the rest of the body of the plane and leaver cap and sharpened the blade. I also gave the front knob 4 coats of shellac over the original stuff.

Here’s how it looks now.

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Dreaming of a sawmill, feels like a museum. Thanks for looking Adam.

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oldrivers ...

Looking good now, a lot of good years work still in this plane. Good to see you brought it back to life, job well done.

Whitacrebespoke ...

Thankyou

Jack ...

Nice job, I have a couple old ones I’m gong to give a try and fix up after seeing yours. Thank you.

Whitacrebespoke ...

For most uses a light fettle is all the need Jack. On the more heavily pitted or scratched bases I send them away to be reground and they come back with close enough to flat accuracy for me.

If you need to know anything let me know. I’ve done more than my fair share of hand plane restorations both wood and metal. A good clean is all I find needing in most cases. I will try and find a video by the English Woodworker and post that up it shows the method I use for fettling the cap iron that’s really the only place you need to give a lot of attention too for real quality planing.

Whitacrebespoke ...

Cheers Bruce

Brian ...

Very cool project. Came out nice.