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The Restoration

One of my first handplanes, a Stanley No. 5, had a shopmade tote that was all kinds of wrong. Wrong shape, wrong wood, wrongly made.

So as soon as I could, I bought a replacement front knob and tote. These also were all kinds of wrong. Wrong wood, wrong glossy finish, wrong high knob. But the tote was the right shape, so I kept it on the tool for the last decade or so.

Today I put on a vintage rosewood tote and the original low knob on the plane and went to work raising some drawer bottoms. I have no idea if the tote is of the correct vintage (nor do I particularly care), but it sure looks and feels right to me.

So thanks to Carl Bilderback, who sent me the tote after seeing my flashy one (and probably rolling his eyes).

– Christopher Schwarz

3 thoughts on “The Restoration

  1. Gordon Conrad

    Checking the type study, it looks like you have the right parts. The knob from a 4 is the same as the 5, the 3 and 5-1/4 are smaller and the 4-1/2, 5-1/2, 6, 7 and 8 are larger. Now that the tool feels good in your hand, the effect of making shavings is like you have eaten chocholate. Enjoy.
    r/ Gordon

  2. Mike D.

    After fondling the different types of stanley planes I settled on the type 9 low knob and tote. It dosen’t feel like i’m holding a tool, it’s more like a natural extension of my hands.

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