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Working with Hands - James E. Price

  Preparing for Winter in November, 2016 1 of 2  


Although the winter is almost over, the following post will be useful for winter coming in 2017.


It was a beautiful day on The Ozark Border. It was November 2016 and the winter was around the corner. I decided this afternoon to inspect and wipe down my shoulder planes and get them ready for winter. Our summer was very humid but I found no rust or tarnish on any of the planes.

I pulled out a couple of rabbet planes as well as my gunmetal long jointer for inspection and I have never built a case for the latter so that will be a project when the snow flies. The planes looked like they did when I last used them, wiped them, and put them in their cases.

These planes were purchased over five decades and each one brought back pleasant memories of friends, tool shows, and auctions. Each one has its own story about how it found me and all of the stories are good.

This photo shows the cases right off the shelves. Each needed a good wipe down to get rid of dust and lint. Lots of happy shop hours are invested in those planes and the cases I made for them with unplugged tools. How did I have time to do all that? I have not owned a TV since 1969.

I took each plane out of its case and prepared them to receive their annual inspection and wipe down.

The sun was getting lower as I completed the wipe down of each plane and its case. The third plane from the bottom in the far left row was the one that gave me the passion for shoulder planes. I found it in a coal bucket at the local Friday outdoor junk market in 1972. It cost me $2.50. It was an empty casting but had the blade held in with a pine wedge. After I filled it with ebony and made an ebony wedge as well as sharpened the cutter, I tried it out and it made me a true believer in English shoulder planes.

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