My newest acquisition :)
A Stanley No. 29 jointer plane (^-^)
I cannot afford a Japanese jointer plane or a good Japanese blade so this one fit my budget :)
It only cost 15€ and was a lot cheaper to get than most European counterparts :D
I’m really happy and it is a very useful tool :)
Also this is my first own jointer :D
I was warned that this type of Stanley plane gets a lot of abuse but this one was in fairly good shape sure the paint is missing in some places, the front edge of the sole has had better days and the handle has a broken tip but hey the sole was straight and square when I got it and it was clean (a little rusty though).
The blade was a big let down though (>_<;)
It came with a Stanley blade (not the original) that looked good but it turned out that they tried to flatten the wrong side of the blade after hardening…
I would have needed to remove 0.2mm from the middle of the blade to get it flat and the other side had was badly rusted and pitted. So I bought a replacement blade.
It is a Chinese blade but works a lot better than the old Stanley blades that I had in my hands :D
Meaning that it is thicker and chatters less.
All I did to make it work well was remove the rust flatten the frog, check the sole for straightness and square and round off the top of the broken handle :)
Later I also fixed the wobbly handle issue by fitting a small piece of wood on the front of it so It could grab on the casting :)
I really like the handle now and I don’t think I will replace it :3
This tools taught me to appreciate my Japanese planes a more because resharpening them is a lot less of a hassle than resharpening a Japanese plane….
Another reason is because of my “special” wrists :D
I had a Kendo accident that damaged my tendons and now I can do what you can see in the photo. It makes it necessary for me to concentrate on my wrist when using a wester style plane because otherwise my hand will just wobble like hell :D
On Japanese planes the resistance of the plane cutting the wood pulls my hand straight making it easier for me to use it :)
Also I learned that this is considered to be a fore plane in the USA while this size is considered to be a small jointer in Europe (°_°;)
I guess everything is a tad bigger in the USA :D