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    I was puttering in the shop and surveying the hardwood scraps situation (I'm a hoarder) and decided to use up a couple shorts of cherry. I never liked the flaking finish on the knob or the poor job on the homemade tote of my Stanley #4. So I made some new ones from the cherry. Both tote and knob are glue ups, which is not ideal, but hey I was using scraps and killing time. Turned out not too bad. A few more coats of finish and good to go.

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    I'm hoping the cherry eventually turns as dark as the tote I made for my Dad's old broken down #6 Foreplane that I restored.

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    Soak-N-Fused, Darrell and 6 others like this.
    Cheers
    Randy
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    Scrap wood is the best wood. Well done.

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    • #3

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      Originally posted by Doug G View Post
      Scrap wood is the best wood. Well done.
      Aye. No stress. Nothin' to lose!
      Cheers
      Randy

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      • #4

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        Looking good Randy

        Brian
        If your dreams don't scare you, you are not dreaming big enough

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        • #5

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          Originally posted by Randy in Calgary View Post

          Aye. No stress. Nothin' to lose!
          Put it out in the sun a few times and it will get nice and dark. Even a sunny window will do.

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          • #6

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            Nice work.
            Egon
            from
            The South Shore, Nova Scotia

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            • #7

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              Those prettied up your older plane very nicely and will surely do the same for the #4; great use for some scrap.

              I made a knob for my Stanley jack plane from glued up scrap cherry but it is unusable. Once the finish hit it you can see the joint a mile away even though I grain matched the wood. I used a low viscosity epoxy which, it seems, soaked into the cherry enough to highlight the join so for attempt number 2, I will likely make it from solid 2 inch stock. I have a question for you; what glue did you use? I can see the join in yours but it is barely visible and so much nicer than my feeble effort. I have a lot of 1 inch cherry scrap that I would love to use for this since I have 3 sets to make.

              Ken

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              • #8

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                Originally posted by KenL View Post
                Those prettied up your older plane very nicely and will surely do the same for the #4; great use for some scrap.

                I made a knob for my Stanley jack plane from glued up scrap cherry but it is unusable. Once the finish hit it you can see the joint a mile away even though I grain matched the wood. I used a low viscosity epoxy which, it seems, soaked into the cherry enough to highlight the join so for attempt number 2, I will likely make it from solid 2 inch stock. I have a question for you; what glue did you use? I can see the join in yours but it is barely visible and so much nicer than my feeble effort. I have a lot of 1 inch cherry scrap that I would love to use for this since I have 3 sets to make.

                Ken
                Titebond Original.
                Cheers
                Randy

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                • #9

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                  Originally posted by KenL View Post
                  Those prettied up your older plane very nicely and will surely do the same for the #4; great use for some scrap.

                  I made a knob for my Stanley jack plane from glued up scrap cherry but it is unusable. Once the finish hit it you can see the joint a mile away even though I grain matched the wood. I used a low viscosity epoxy which, it seems, soaked into the cherry enough to highlight the join so for attempt number 2, I will likely make it from solid 2 inch stock. I have a question for you; what glue did you use? I can see the join in yours but it is barely visible and so much nicer than my feeble effort. I have a lot of 1 inch cherry scrap that I would love to use for this since I have 3 sets to make.

                  Ken
                  Why would a visible joint make the knob for a plane unusable? Unattractive maybe but isn't it still functional?

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                  • #10

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                    Correct Doug, unusable is probably not the best description! Too damned ugly would better express the situation since I only made the new parts to replace the ugly, old factory black painted ones! To satisfy my criteria for these pieces, beauty is essential, else why bother?

                    Ken

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                    • #11

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                      Originally posted by KenL View Post
                      Correct Doug, unusable is probably not the best description! Too damned ugly would better express the situation since I only made the new parts to replace the ugly, old factory black painted ones! To satisfy my criteria for these pieces, beauty is essential, else why bother?

                      Ken
                      Sorry Ken, I was just pulling your chain. The beauty of making something from scrap, if you're not happy with the result it becomes scrap squared.

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                      • #12

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                        I think they make a handsome pair.

                        The #4 is not the same vintage or quality of the #6, (80's or 90's vs likely 40's or 50's) but it still works really well.

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                        Cheers
                        Randy

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                        • #13

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                          Originally posted by Randy in Calgary View Post
                          I think they make a handsome pair.

                          The #4 is not the same vintage or quality of the #6, (80's or 90's vs likely 40's or 50's) but it still works really well.
                          Maybe a little buffing with some wax and left in the window for a while would make it feel and look very timely. LOL. FWIW

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                          • #14

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                            Originally posted by Wally in Calgary View Post

                            Maybe a little buffing with some wax and left in the window for a while would make it feel and look very timely. LOL. FWIW
                            Ha ha funny. That’s exactly the plan!
                            Cheers
                            Randy

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                            • #15

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                              Originally posted by Randy in Calgary View Post

                              Ha ha funny. That’s exactly the plan!
                              Just hope the 2 pieces are from the same piece of Cherry, as I made a box and a lid from what looked the same Cherry, then they darkened up, one more than the other

                              Have fun and take care
                              Leo Van Der Loo

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