What’s so fun about restoring an old plane?

Well, using it after its all cleaned up and ready to go of course!

So that’s just what I did today. ¬†Ernest and I ( ūüėČ ) went to work on the picture frame that I started before the giant tool score. ¬†Its very fun to use a tool that I not only rehabbed, but that I know the story behind. ¬†This particular Stanley No. 4 is a late 1800 early 1900 version. ¬†Its so old that the blade adjuster turns in the opposite direction that typical Stanleys and for that matter, pretty much every other plane does. ¬†If nothing else, it will remind me how old the plane is every time I use it.

Here’s a couple of pictures of Ernest’s old plane in action.

That didn’t turn out so bad ..

Remember¬†Twist and Shout!¬† I went ahead and cut the wood into frame parts. ¬†After some well placed hand planning to flatten the individual pieces, it all came together pretty nicely. ¬†Yippee! ūüėÄ

This was my first attempt a matting and making the frame.  I used a mat cutter to do the matting.

Twist and Shout!

I bought a nice 8′ piece of quarter sawn Sapele to make picture frames. ¬†I ripped it and put it on the shooting board to cut the rabbet for the picture to fit in. ¬†I had to clamp in down to cut the rabbet and when I un-clamped ¬†it, check out what happened.

I’ll cut this into shorter sections to make the frame, but I’m not sure if that’s going to help. ¬†Sigh …