Introduction: Antique Shoulder Plane Restoration

I picked up this old shoulder plane from my local antiques store. Badly warped, and dulled beyond belief, I thought I'd try my hand at restoring it.

Step 1: Disassemble

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A few taps with a wooden mallet will get all of the components apart! Here you can see how much TLC is actually needed.

Step 2: Plane That Sucker Flat!

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Using my jack plane, I flatten the sole as well as the sides of the plane, removing all the warping that occurred over the years.

Step 3: Sharpen!

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Using some cheap sharpening stones, I re established the bevel and flattened the back of the iron.

Step 4: Honing Time!

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I stropped the blade on a piece of leather charged with buffing compound. This makes the blade razor sharp.

Step 5: All Done!

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And that's that! I didn't get any pictures of me using it, but it does work well and it was a fun project. I'd really appreciate if you could vote for this entry in the hand tools only contest!


MissionSRX made it! (author)2016-03-31

Glad I'm not the only one who thought to restore a shoulder plane! How did you finish yours? I soaked mine in Danish Oil to give it a little more heft.

Maybe add a little more information about what a shoulder plane is used for, what it was used for back in the day and add a demonstration at the end. I was amazed how well mine worked after cleaning up the blade.

ShaunM11 (author)MissionSRX2016-04-07

Hey, thank you so much for the comment, your plane looks great!! I finished mine with danish oil too. I didn't have it on hand, that's why it's not in the instructable!

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