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My Block Planes and more

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So continuation on my previous post about my Honing Guides (1) and (2) for Block Panes – supporting tools – for Bamboo Rod Making, I make the following supporting notes.

Block Planes

Stanley 9 1/2: Stanley continues to update (retooling) their production line (to lower costs). My mine plane is circa 2000, which appears to be at least one major revision behind. To get it into prduction, mine (like all low cost planes on the market today) needed a lttle tuning, I removed some accessory stamped hardware to improve fit and spent some time on a plate-glass with sharpening paper to properly flatten the base. Once done, this tool has worked well.

Lie-Nelson: A fine tool. Upon receipt, I verified it was flat, change to a Hock High Carbon Plane and away I went. I did not have the plane base altered with a “rodmaker’s edge”, given I started without one and been able to manage the plane accordingly. If necessary, I was willing to add some think UHMW tape.

Lee-Valley now make a fine block plane that would be worth considering, but I have 2, and do not need any more. If I went this route, I would select an O1 blade with it, rather than order a custom blade from Ron.

I also have an ECE Wood Base Plane, a nice tool, but the wood base is not as durable, and is used in limited applications.

Plane Blades: Simple, remove the original blade (use it as a jig oor for hack jobs) and replace it with a Hock High Carbon Plane.


Suporting my standard honing guide, I have created some wood blocks with pre-defined depths to enable quick and repeatable angle settings to 40 degrees (21mm offset). I do have alternate jigs for ~25, 30 and 45 degrees, with 49mm, 39mm, and 15mm offsets, respectively.  In near future to compliment my new Workshop 3000, I am likely to make a jig at 37 degrees.

For The Kell Honing Guide, I use an adjustable flush protractor to set the edge I want. If this was my main-stay Honing Guide, I would take the effort to make the jigs.

Protective Considerations:

  • I never lay the plane on its base, except when it on the work piece and being used. Otherwise, it is on its side resting on some protective (scrap-recycle) upholstery leather or wrap in such scraps.
  • I have some protective fleece envelopes to hold the blades.
  • Planes, Jigs and the like are stored in a Tupperware Container.
  • Camellia Oil is used as a protective film on the metal, when in storage.
  • Keep some protective tight fitting gloves with me to reduce slivers from handling the bamboo.
  • And all (including the honing guides, but not the oil) is stored tightly in an old Tupperware container with dessicant.

And the water bottle in the above picture. I use it, when the waterstone are in-use. But that is for a future post.


Written by raspberryfisher

2012/01/09 at 15:55

Posted in Bamboo, Tools

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