My grandfather gave me several planes that his father had used and a couple
that he knew that HIS grandfather had used. After cleaning them up and
sharpening the blades (amazing how little some of that old iron rusts) I
have the "normal" planes (adjustment knob and blade mounted to an iron
plate which is mounted to a piece of wood) working ok, but I don't have a
clue how to referbish or even use the old wood planes.
Can anyone recommend a decent book on the use/care/restoration of planes?
Although I haven't given up on my power tools by any means, I have found
that I am enjoying using a nice sharp plane for some tasks. Who knew those
things were more than pretty shop nick-nacks ;)
I had seen some positive reviews of this book, but it didn't look like
there was much on the USE of planes and how to use the various types of
planes. Of course I was only looking at the screen shots on Amazon.
Does the book cover this?
Well that is EXACTLY the problem Ed. There are several and for the life
of me I can't figure out where to attach the wings or even sit! I have
to admit it is kind of fun sitting on them and yelling CLEAR but it isn't
all that productive....and my kids keep giving me funny looks.
Assuming that this isn't a troll, or a drive-by. That metal
bodied planes were you left. Take a look at
http://www.supertool.com/StanleyBG/stan0.htm and try matching them
to pictures if you don't know much about planes, although if
you've got them sharpened up and working properly it would seem
that you do. Regardless, congratulations on the heirlooms and
keeping them in the family, and working.
Dave in Fairfax
reply-to doesn't work
daveldr at att dot net
Certainly not a troll!
I did look up the planes. None of the wooden planes appear to be worth
much and the metal bodied plane didn't look to be too prized either. I
think they were all extremely common in the day.
Of course since they have been in the family so long, I'm kind of glad
they aren't worth much. Doesn't even tempt me into selling them!
My main goal is to put them back into proper working order and figure out
the proper way to use them. Given the limited knowledge I have right now
I already like them but, in general, I like using a tool the right way
the thing is to hand them off to your kids in better shape than you
wood bodied and transitional planes work just fine. the whisper thin
curlies that come off of a well tuned plane don't care what age or
body the plane is....
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Michael Dunbar's _Restoring,
Tuning and Using Classic Woodworking Tools_. Hack's book and
Patrick's website are better sources of info on the various types of
planes, but Dunbar is probably better on the nuts-and-bolts of getting
the things to work.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Conan the Librarian) wrote in message
I agree. Most resources concentrate on tuning Bailey style planes but
Dunbar's book devotes a large section to tuning and using wooden
planes (both bench and specialty). He also spends time on the iron
planes so you get help with that as well.
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