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An infill molding plane

Replacing a horn on a smoothing plane

The horn on a "continental style" or german handplane is often missing. Main reason is the force used to plane, but reading from the cracks on several planes, they also suffer from the same "dropping syndrome" as the totes on Stanleys.

Replacing the horn can be as easy as this:

Quick repair: new sole for a reeding plane

Just as a quick note: one method for replacing the insert piece on a wooden plane. (What should the "insert" be called? If they are "boxed" planes, is the insert piece a box then?)

Half of the insert was gone, but I managed to plane a short length of the appropriate profile with the plane anyway.

A self-made wooden lathe

I had a problem: I needed a lathe for a couple of chisel handles but had no intention of buying one. My workshop is about 2,3 x 2,4 m big and already pretty full and I did not want to waste money for something that could be easily built anyway.

I have used my hand drill for all sorts of small turning tasks, modifying screw heads, polishing anything that could be gripped in the chuck and rotated etc. So the thought of using a hand drill as the motor for the drill was quite obvious.

Making an axe handle

I had two axes in need of a handle and a small birch trunk to begin with. At least over here the rule goes: back of the handle towards the bark. Never towards the center, and never getting the center on the finished handle. You also should always find some sort of natural croock in the wood. As you can see my trunk had a shallow s-curve in it, suitable for two handles.