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    Don't Overlook that $5 Plane!

    July 18, 2017


     Hi guys! This weekend was great, I was doing a 1.5 Day Plane Class that goes through making a smoothing plane from my kits. These classes are super-involved, meaning 95% of my time is spent teaching, then walking around helping folks with their planes. On the last day there is not much more than finish work that is self-explanatory after I go over the details, so I have a few minutes to myself. When I first got involved in hand tools, I decided to take up cleaning, restoring, tuning, and selling vintage hand tools to support my habit. To this day I still go picking(when I can) to find things during free time. Without fail, there are always those things most of us pass on such as, planes with missing pieces, saws with missing parts, etc. that we don't really see a need for. For a long time, I would buy everything if the price was right and it had potential of being a good tool, but I got so overwhelmed with "parts" tools that I stopped picking them up. About 6 months ago, I decided to go through what I had and start bunching things together that could make one good user tool. Since I had the free time at the end of the class, I figured I would take something with me and finish it..... This is an old B-Casting No.5. I found the body in a bucket of rusty water along with other tools in New Jersey about 4 years ago. Last week, in between other tasks, I cleaned it up, painted it and gathered the other parts needed to have a complete tool. 2 hours later this is what I had! It's nothing special, just a plain ol' No.5, but it works perfectly and will make a great user. I usually don't keep these tools, I give them to people or students in need, but I gave away my user No.5 a few weeks ago, so I will hold onto this one for a bit. My point to all of this is that so many times we leave these tools to die where we saw them, but if it has potential to one day be something and you have the space/time to eventually find parts, pick it up! If you don't need it, pass it along to someone who does. Total investment? about 15 bucks including paint and parts tools and a few hours time.  


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