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 …

Making a picture frame with hand planes

I poked around the internet to find information on how to make a picture frame with hand tools. ¬†So¬†except¬†for some information that Shannon Roger provided in his Hand Tool School, I wasn’t really able to find anything. ¬†Everyone seems to be making frame with powered routers. ¬†Que post.

Here’s the final product with Boiled Linseed Oil finish.¬†

I used my newly sharpened mitre box saw to cut mitres (thanks Matt Cianci)  and my excellent picture frame shooting board (thanks Rob Hanson) for this frame.  More pictures below the fold.

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