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I building this Site Into the Best Hand Plane Resource on the Web and content is now being updated often from now on..

Now there is two schools of thought on refinishing planes.. Notice I did not say Restoring is the first think you should notice.. Many Collectors might think what I do is blasphemy, they do not believe in doing any cleaning other than some mineral sprits and a light cleaning with steel wool.. To use a wire wheel and buffer that makes shutter.. It would also make me shutter if I had a rare collectable plane but the truth is after talking with Patrick Leech the owner of Blood & Gore, one of the very best hand plane resource on the web and everyone interested in hand planes should read at least once.. Patrick told me the only collectable bench planes are Type 1 and Type 2 and I would add Type 3 all the rest are extremely common.. So unless your plane is mint and needs no cleaning it's not a collectable..

To get back to what I was talking about most of the bench planes I refinish would not be looked at twice by a collector and what they don't like is that after I work my magic they would have a lot of interest if they seen it for sale until they realize it's been refinished if they could at all.. The choice is yours, do you have a pare collectable or common user plane? Now how far do you want to take it tuning and refinishing if needed.. This is up to you if you choose to just tune it for totally refinish it....

I have lots of other useful info on the site such as the handle repair and refinishing pages. A Pictorial Stanley Bailey Bench Plane Type Study this will help you figure about what year(s) your plane as made. Stop back often case I am updating the web site with a new look and content ..


Hand Plane Clinic and Refinishing Classes

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 email 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


Hand Plane RefinishingThis section still needs to be updated but has some of my secrets of plane refinishing .. Make sure you read up on the 3M (Magic) De burring Wheel ..

Hand Plane Iron Set UpMany people call the Iron the blade and the Cap Iron a Chip Breaker but I prefer to use the old terms and a chip breaker does really break chips.
I have a nice shot set up tutorial on how to adjust the lateral adjuster to get a even cut across the length of the blade..

Hand Plane Tune UpI have few methods in this guide is use will help you get the best performance out of your planes.. Also make sure you read the David Charleworth article at the bottom .
I hope to adding a lot more content to the topic soon..

Bench Plane Type StudyThis section will let you figure out how Old is your Bailey Plane?
This is a guide, it was made after Stanley made the plane, it was not what Stanley used to make the planes.. There are Anomalies that have different features from two types on one plane, you could also have parts that were switched. So use it but all of these guides are not etched in stone..

Handle Repair This section cover how to repair broken or chipped plane handles. I have two methods one is using a 1/4" steel pin with some masking tape which I think works best to like up pieces and another which using a threaded rod that I need to change the rod to a 1/2" and try that with some masking tape as a shim..

Handle RefinishingThis section covers how to refinish you plane handles.. Shellac is the the best finish I know to have you beauty of the rosewood show through. You can then use lacquer on top of the shellac but you must make sure you used De-Waxed Shellac and not plain shellac..

My Hand Plane CollectionI have a few of the planes in my collection listed here. I mainly collect Type 15 Sweetheart's ..

What's Japanning ?Here is some recipes and links to other folks pages on how Japan you plane..
The Japanning is the black finish that looks a lot like paint.. I have listed a Motor Paint that looks just like the japanning Stanley used and is very durable and is my choice for refinishing if your just getting started. Its cheap and almost fool proof..

Hand Plane Makers ShopsThis page is brand new is is pictures of the shops of hand plane makers I admire.. Everyone enjoys images of peoples shops and since I inspire to be a plane makers I love seeing others shops and thought I would add a page.. I will be adding more soon..
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do..

Wooden Hand PlanesLots of people I know swear that wood planes cut much better than metal based planes.. I have not really had to time to do any tests but hope to some day. Also I am friendly with Steve Knight from Knight Tool Works and he will give you 10% off the price of his planes if you tell him you read it here..

Rust PreventionFew Methods on how to stop rust for occurring on you planes..

ElectrolysisThis is a method to remove rust no make that kill rust.. It really does not do the job I thought it would after reading about it but on planes where the rust keeps coming back or was rusted badly from the start then is the method I use to give me peace of mind..

What Hand Plane Should I Buy ? Answers as to what planes are best to buy for a new woodworking just starting down the road of using hand planes....

Sharpening I have a whole sub section devoted to sharpening hand plane Irons.

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