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    Default First wood plane restoration

    I picked up two wooden planes on the weekend from a local antiquity shop, a coffin smoother and a trying plane. Both planes started in good condition and just needed a little bit of love; mainly a clean, flatten and a little CA.

    I've just completed restoring the try plane and am really happy with the results and honestly am really enjoying the results.

    The plane had some very minor cracks which only seemed to be superficial, just to be safe I filled one on the back and one of the front with CA glue.

    The sole had a little two but it only took a few minutes to flatten with a number 7 plane and I'm hating how much time it takes to flatten a steel plane lol.

    Restoration of this plane was very straight forward and giving a new life an old tool feels really good.

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    You have done well.

    It looks as though the trying plane has a similar issue to a plane I had decided to get working a while back. Namely a large mouth, which has probably been exacerbated by flattening the sole too. Mine was in a very shabby condition compared to yours. I made up a brass insert to correct the problem. It could be steel if you don't have brass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushmiller View Post
    You have done well.

    It looks as though the trying plane has a similar issue to a plane I had decided to get working a while back. Namely a large mouth, which has probably been exacerbated by flattening the sole too. Mine was in a very shabby condition compared to yours. I made up a brass insert to correct the problem. It could be steel if you don't have brass.

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    Paul
    Cheers mate

    Checked out your restoration and it looks really good

    I'm not sure the mouth is too wide at this point in time, but it's something I'll keep in mind. I only needed to take a few dozen thin shavings to flatten the sole. Previous owner(s) might have removed more material

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    Well done SD. I think you're better off using a timber infill to close the mouth up. I used spotted gum in my last one (theory being that it is harder wearing but it was also harder to flatten) but in future I will use beech.

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