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SEPT 2015 is ending Personal Webpages
This site can now only be accessed by using the address.. I hope to add some new info soon..

I building this Site Into the Best Hand Plane Resource on the Web... So if Hand Planes is your thing you have come to the right place..

Planes 101 has a lot of  information on how to Tune Up and Refinish your old Hand Plane.. Tutorials on how to make it work better than when it was new .. The content is the methods of refinishing I use when I was refinishing planes a pay for service.. I must have done over 200 hand planes over the last five years but sorry to say I no longer offer this service.. So you can read my web site and try it your self .. I got great satisfaction from bringing a plane destine for the scrap heap back to life.. Every customer that I worked for was happy with my work so I think these methods are sound and will work for you..

I have a Pictorial Stanley Bailey Model Bench Plane Type Study  this will help you figure t what years your plane as made, this referred to as it's Type and is on the Type Study Page.


Free Hand Planing Clinic and Refinishing Classes


New Class: At long last I am planning a get together End of April begining of May..
There will be a BBQ and a Basic Hand Planing Class, Tool sale and you will be able to use my bench and slow speed grinders for sharpening plane blades..
Bring any tools you would like to sell or trade..
Food will be on the simple side Hamburgers, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw and Soda
So far as of 21MAR13 five or six people are expressed intrest..
Contact info at the bottom of the page


I had the first free classes on how to refinish hand planes this summer, I had three students that I knew only from the internet forums come.. I think class when well for my first but I soon realized that they would have appreciated learning more of how to plane that how to refinish an old plane..

First Class

So the next class was more of a clinic to tune bench planes and show how to use them..
This class I think was much better though I did not get even close to telling what I know as once we stated tuning hand planes the how to when out the door :)

Second Class

I hope this coming Spring to start having free clinics every few months..

We talk hand planes from 10:00AM to about 1:00PM when we break for some hamburgers, salad, chips and drinks for a good hour and continue with tuning planes for the rest of the day..The main purpose was to have a day out with tool people and have a good time with people that share our passion for hand tools..

If you would like to go on my contact list send me an e-mail to Johnny at the domain name dot com
I don't post a link as it cuts down on spam..

Johnny Kleso
Rex, Ga. 30273

MKIII Sharpening Machine I have almost finished building a LV style MKII \ Lap Sharp sharpening system.. I call it my MK III, the total cost so far is about $70, I used a 1/3HP GE motor and some Pillow Blocks, a Jet Lathe 8" Face Plate with a 5/8" shaft and some pulleys.. So far I have only flatten blade backs and it works super. I have clad the plywood with a sheet of SS metal and will build or buy a tool rest soon.. You can view the images and description..

Hand Planes 101This is a collection of pages I have put together with all the methods I use in tuning and refinishing hand planes for my self and as a service I provided to woodworking forum members on the internet ..I am no longer refinishing hand planes but I am trying to explain with pictures and text the methods I use..

Back Yard Heat Treating Oven had started making blades for hand planes and marking knives and needed a klim to do the heat treating.. This page explains where and how I made my oven and how to heat and harden 0-1 Tool Steel.
Most of the info on the oven came from Back Yard Metal Caster really great site if you want to build a oven of start casting metals..

Machine Shop Lathe Service have started making hardware parts for infill and woodworking tools.. So far I have a hand full of customers I have made items for.. These vary from First Class Norris Style Depth Adjusters to Lever Cap Screws to Frame Saw Adjusting Screws to Back Saw Screws.. Check out my Machine Shop page to view some of the items I have made already.. I have planes to also start making small hand tools..

Got Wood? I have a few places I found for great wood deals, Justin Holden's
is one of them.. I have bought 669 BF of Okoume (African Mahogany) for $669 + $303 shipping and its SUPER Quality.. So check his pallet loads or single boards at his eBay store and be aware to read listing well as some of the wood he lists has checking problems and some is FAS..

Your Cutting Edge A Collection of pages on different methods of sharpening plane irons, chisels and various other cutting tools.. The Main Page contains methods include Bench Stoned, Scary Sharp Method that is using sand paper glued to a flat surface like glass of granite, Power Sharpening page explains use of motor driven sharpening tools, Sharpening Jigs and Gauges as well as Super Charging, what I call adding loose abrasive grit to sandpaper or bench stone to renew the cutting action,Getting Started page has a short list of tools I think is necessary for sharpening.

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