Scratch built spokeshave rehab and an infill plane restoration

My dad's corner in the shop: his Billy the Kid poster, Southern Comfort sign,
and  the catcher's mitt he used when we played baseball when I was a kid.
One of the first tools I ever made from scratch, including the blade, was a spokeshave for my dad. This was back in 2007 and, when he passed away in 2010, I got it back.



The spokeshave had lived on a shelf in his computer room and was basically never used, so I put it to work. It turned out to be a capable, if slightly rough and ugly, tool. The front of the sole wore out and I put it on a shelf, waiting for a rainy day to fix it up.

Courtesy of the coronavirus, I've had more than a few rainy days lately, so I took some time to inlay some ebony (my tool patch of choice) into the front of the tool. I also waxed it down and sharpened the blade. It will now return to use, and I'll be reminded of my dad every time I see the WVD I crudely stamped into the tool's top (for William Van Dillinger).

Still rough, still a little ugly, but priceless to me.
 I also started working on this long-neglected infill smoothing plane. I've had it for years but I've never done much with it, either cleaning or sharpening. I don't even remember where I got it but I decided the time is now to fix it up.

"What has brought you to this lowly state?"

The original owner / maker, S.G. Pool. This same name also appears
 on the front bun and on the heel of sole casting.
After a little cleaning and some shellac.




4 comments:

  1. Maybe an off topic question, but how do you go about marking your tools (like the 2007 on the handle or your name on the side of a plane in a previous post)? Do you stamp them with letter punches or do you engrave them? I would like to do it to my own tools as well, but I'm not sure how to get neat and repeatable results. William

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  2. After years of polishing, hands in the tool silent company, full of memory, with spirituality

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  3. My adventure with the woodworking began with projects from Woodbex.
    Woodbex

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