• We want to encourage those of you who ENJOY our site and find it USEFUL to DONATE and UPGRADE your membership from active member to donating or premium membership. If you want to know the differences in membership benefits, please visit THIS PAGE:

    https://www.hobby-machinist.com/premium/

    Donating memberships start at just $10 per year. These memberships are in fact donations that help pay our costs, and keep our site running!
    Thank you for your donation, God Bless You

  • As some of you know, I have wanted to stop managing H-M for some time. It's a tremendous strain on my personal life. I want to set up my own shop. In September, September 15, to be exact, it will be 8 years that Hobby-Machinist has been in existence.

    We've seen a lot of changes. In March, 4 moderators left to start their own site. They took some of you with them. So now you have split loyalties. You know who you are. They didn't like my way of managing this place, and thought they could do better without me. They didn't. The only thing holding them together is that they hate me. Their site was down until mid July. That is why I wanted to stay involved on here until they could learn to run this place. But they wanted me to leave right away, without the training part.

    Anyway, I have been training VTCNC to run things here. Dabbler is going to learn too. I feel that they are ready to start taking over the operation. I will be here to help in case they need, but I don't think they will. Tony Wells is and will be here also to consult with. I will be doing backups, upgrades, and installing addons. Other than that, I don't want to know about this place.

    What about the 4 moderators who were disloyal? I don't care. It isn't my call anymore. I would think that, rather than fumble, they ought to come back and do good work. That's up to them. If they want to return to try to lead more members to their site, I am done caring. I suffered too much aggravation worrying about it. I don't plan to spend any more. What they do impacts on them. I have my own opinions including those of you who followed them there. No longer my problem.

    I am leaving this place in good operating condition, and financial condition.
    --Nelson
[4]

Handmade Planes

[3]
[10] Like what you see?
Click here to donate to this forum and upgrade your account!

francist

Active User
H-M Supporter - Gold Member ($25)
Joined
Sep 5, 2013
Messages
927
Likes
1,344
#1
Okay first thing, I did not make these. Second thing, although these are woodworking tools I thought there was enough food for a machinist's mind to digest that it was safe to post.

image.jpeg

I've had these two creatures sitting upstairs in my old tool bonehouse for quite a few years now. They belonged to a coworker who really has no tool affinity himself, so he gave them to me. In case you haven't guessed already, they're a pair of match planes (planes for making matched tongue and groove joints), and they were made entirely from scratch by his grandfather. I'm thinking probably around the 1950's.

What I find really interesting about tools like this is the obvious determination of the maker that they bear witness to. You know darn well that there was no milling machine on the farm, no lathe, no fancy tools of any kind. More than likely just a hammer, screwdriver, hacksaw, egg-beater drill, and a few worn out files. But gall dang it, he was going to have fancy tongue and groove floor boards too just like the rich folks did!

I decided to put one of them to the test today, to see how it would actually cut a groove. And considering that it's all mild steel (including the cutter), it cut surprisingly well. There's a bunch of different configurations available depending on where you want your groove, how deep, etc and I'm not sure I got all the parts assembled properly to meet that criteria, but it did perform the task. I wouldn't want to plane a whole house worth of floorboards with it, but you could certainly do a few. Reminds me a bit of my own grandfather -- he spent ten years underground in the coal mine and would bring home the broken bits of rough scantling lumber to hand plane into Venetian blinds for the house. Talk about a project!

image.jpeg

The builder of these planes is long gone. Heck, stove bolts have all but disappeared from the landscape in the time he's been dead! But I guess in some ways his project still survives, even if it is only on a shelf in my house of old tool bones.

-frank

image.jpeg
image.jpeg
image.jpeg
image.jpeg
image.jpeg
image.jpeg
 

Attachments

Nogoingback

H-M Supporter - Gold Member
H-M Supporter - Gold Member ($25)
Joined
Oct 18, 2016
Messages
815
Likes
625
#2
Very interesting old tools, and a great idea to post them.
 

Martin W

H-M Supporter - Gold Member
H-M Supporter - Gold Member ($25)
Joined
Mar 26, 2014
Messages
354
Likes
314
#3
Very well done. Your friends grandfather must have been very innovative and resourceful.
Cheers
Martin
 

Dave Paine

H-M Supporter - Gold Member
H-M Supporter - Gold Member ($25)
Joined
May 10, 2014
Messages
803
Likes
565
#4
Thanks for posting. Very interesting planes. The fellow did a very good job without much in the way of metal work machines.
 

f350ca

Active User
H-M Supporter - Silver Member ($10)
Joined
Jul 11, 2013
Messages
1,583
Likes
2,839
#6
Thanks for posting Frank.
They were built when people couldn't afford every possible gadget.
The father of a frend out in Alberta built himself a saw mill for the farm. Crafted with pretty much the tools you described. Some parts weren't pretty but it did a fine job of cutting corral planks and lumber for the barn.

Greg
 
[6]
[5] [7]
Top