Ebay Plane Problems.

Ebay Plane Problems.

Posted by on Jun 27, 2015 in Blog | No Comments
Recently a few planes I have bought on Ebay have arrived damaged. Here's a bit of advice for Ebay buyer and sellers.

How to flatten the back of a chisel or plane iron.

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Video | No Comments

To work properly a chisel must have a perfectly flat back. This also applies to plane blades to some degree. Very few new chisels are ready to use straight from the box, the back need flattening (known as lapping) and machining marks from manufacture need to be removed. Second hand chisels and plane irons usually need working on.

In this video we look at techniques for flattening and the problems that can be associated with it.

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Refurbishing a plane for Africa

Refurbishing a plane for Africa

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Blog | No Comments

On my tool sharpening & maintenance course and beginners woodwork four day course we spend some time refurbishing planes. Often students come on the course without a plane to fettle, to cater for them I usually buy planes on ebay. On my last beginners course I ran out of ebay planes, so there was no plane for Dirk, a student from Belgium, to work on. Fortunately I am also involved in the local Tools for Self Reliance group, so I also have an additional stock of tools to draw on.

Tools for Self Reliance is an excellent charity which collects unwanted tools, refurbishes them and sends them out to crafts people in Africa. TFSR is based around a network of local groups who undertake the collection and refurbishment. As a craftsman who knows the importance of hand tools I have supported TFSR for over 25 years.

refurbishing vintage Stanley 51/2 plane, made between 1910 to 1918

refurbishing vintage Stanley 51/2 plane, made between 1910 to 1918

I selected for Dirk a lovely vintage Stanley 51/2 plane, made between 1910 to 1918, with beautiful undamaged rosewood handles.