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By jimi43
#545250
Ok guys and girls...I think now is the time to come out of the closet and state that, without doubt I am now a "collector" of infill planes...I seem to have a strange illness that prevents me from walking away from a sale without ownership and it's getting worse!

Take these three for evidence Millud....

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Regular lurkers of the Collectibles>Tools & Hardware section of the infamous FleaBay might have spotted them as:

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Not quite as vague as the old Tyzack I spotted recently so not quite a song at £68 but altogether worth every penny of that!

At first I thought these were just old ones and they are but they are old - NEW ones as they have never ever been finished....they don't even have mouths:

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Above is the sole of the chariot...then

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...the sole of the bullnose...then....

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...the little shoulder....I didn't bother photographing the mouth but there isn't one (YET!)

So...one minute you think you have nothing to do in the workshop and then three "buses" come along at once...

Ho Hum!

:ho2

WIP pics on the finishing later.....this could take a while! :wink:

Jim
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By AndyT
#545257
Ok I've an idea of how to stop yourself - why not take them to a boot fair and flog them off for a fiver each?

- and give someone else a chance!

Seriously though, nice haul (again!). You have set yourself quite a challenge there.

If you do feel that it's all too much for you, and do want the bootsale option, I'll be generous and let you hold it in our garden if you like!!
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By GazPal
#545274
Jammy devil. :D

Great starting points for a nice set of three truly handy plane styles and sizes.

I second the vote for a Garden Boot Fair at Jim's in the hopefully thawed out future.
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By rileytoolworks
#545294
Aah, so t'was you who outbid me!
Glad they're in good hands, though I'm sorry I didn't win.
Best of luck, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do with them.

Adam.
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By MickCheese
#545308
Aces and Eights wrote:Aah, so t'was you who outbid me!
Glad they're in good hands, though I'm sorry I didn't win.
Best of luck, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do with them.

Adam.


So, had you two not been fighting against each other you could have had them at a lower price. :roll:

Seems we need a code thread. Aunty Ethel is at the supermarket, or something.

Mick
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By jimi43
#545315
MickCheese wrote:
Aces and Eights wrote:Aah, so t'was you who outbid me!
Glad they're in good hands, though I'm sorry I didn't win.
Best of luck, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do with them.

Adam.


So, had you two not been fighting against each other you could have had them at a lower price. :roll:

Seems we need a code thread. Aunty Ethel is at the supermarket, or something.

Mick


I think there were quite a number of Europeans...a German and a Pole who were bidding too...so your idea would probably not work...

Had that been the case though...I would have snapped three apparently "rusty" blobs up for £2.99 :ho2

Sorry to have outbid you Adam....I promise I will take care of them!

Just a teaser..I think these are going to be boxwood...or maybe not...mmmm

I wonder where they were stored these many decades....anyone hazard a guess as to their origin given the limited info?

Jim
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By studders
#545403
jimi43 wrote: they have never ever been finished....they don't even have mouths:


Jim


Can't you send them back as 'Faulty , Not as described' ?
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By jimi43
#545642
HA! Studders...that is somewhere they ain't going!

I actually emailed the seller and they came from the workshop of a deceased carpenter...Heaven knows what he was going to do with them. My guess is that he or his father bought them in the days when castings were the "norm" and were often finished by apprentices as "kits" to make planes that were otherwise too expensive to buy completed.

I so much wanted the seller to know the whole history...this is part of the fun...but alas...that is all I could find out.

I was going to start with the shoulder or the bullnose because I have some clue as to how to deal with these but in the end...I put them aside to tackle the difficult one first.. the gorgeous little chariot!

Here is another shot of the raw casting....

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These have had not preliminary finishing whatever...and are not bad castings...just a tad rough.

The first step as advised by Aled...is to start with a reference...the sole...and get it flat and smooth while ensuring it is coplanar with the bed against which the iron will rest.....

I don't like getting metal anywhere near my woodworking gear normally but without doubt...the tool for this job is my disc sander bed...

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I need to put some rough grit on it but for now...I just wanted to see if this would level it out...it did a reasonable job but the casting pits are a tad deep and this could take a while...

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So the sole is getting flat in a coplanar way...and so I hit one side too...to get them at 90 degrees...

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....again...more aggressive grit is needed...but it's showing me what is under the rough casting and I am starting to smile and think of wood infill!

I enjoyed the front...it gives me hope as to how the remaining plane will look...

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...so...all in all...very encouraging...

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The main problem is the cold...I still have about 2 feet of snow on the roof of my workshop which is steel and I think it will be next to pointless trying to heat the place until the weather gets above zero...which ain't happening allegedly until next week...we shall see!

Cheers

Jim
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By lanemaux
#545645
Keep up the work in progress pics amigo. Looking good from here. Cannot wait to see what woods get earmarked for your new toys (new to you I mean). Really like your disc sanding table as well , wish I had one . May need to try a build of something similar. With all the ideas I pick up here I may need larger basement to house it all. Keep us informed so we can live it all vicariously, thnx amigo.
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By Richard T
#545667
What's this Jim? Stooping to mere castings?? [-X .... :lol:

Looking good and will eventually be superb planes I'm sure. Though I really don't envy you of the task of opening the mouths. Any thoughts so far?
I'm guessing the shoulder and bull nose could be sawn through but the chariot will have to be drilled?
My top tip about working on planes in this weather is to leave as much of the stuff you'll be handling in a warm place over the night before. This strategy has been working for me right up until the last couple of days when it has become just stupidly cold out there. :deer
By yetloh
#545675
jimi43 wrote:So...one minute you think you have nothing to do in the workshop and then three "buses" come along at once...

Ho Hum!

:ho2

WIP pics on the finishing later.....this could take a while! :wink:

Jim


Have you considered making some furniture? I find it quite therapeutic and it may even distract from the infill lust/addiction, although I must admit to having expensive "form" here.

Jim