Buying plane handles

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  • #140583
    raze599
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    I have a number 4 Stanley which I’ve had for a few years now. Recently, the plastic handle on it snapped. I’d like to buy a nice set of wooden ones for it instead of repairing the plastic but can’t seem to find any on eBay. Is there anywhere else that sells those handles?

    Thanks.

    #140584
    Darren
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    Axminster in the U.K., but take a deep breath before you check the price…

    Darren.

    #140585
    Darren
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    #140588
    David B
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    Practice your woodworking–make one! Templates are available.

    http://www.leevalley.com/US/html/16j4010l.pdf

    • This reply was modified 5 years ago by David B.
    #140765
    Peter George
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    I replaced the plastic handles on two planes using the templates. As you can see from the pictures, the I have the grain running the wrong way, but so far no problems. I also turned new knobs for the front.

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    Peter in
    Biggar SK
    "New York is big, but this is Biggar"

    #140769
    David B
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    While I’m sure there is a very good reason they suggest the grain go in a certain direction for the tote, given the number of totes I’ve seen that crack horizontally like clockwork, I have found myself questioning how important the grain direction is. When it runs in a diagonal or even vertical fashion like you have there, it seems to me that it would resist splitting better given that the plane takes almost exclusively horizontal force when used (i.e. seems like horizontal grain is the ideal direction to result in a split tote)! I dunno, I just work with the wood I have.

    The biggest challenge for me when I’ve made them is getting the darn screw hole lined up perfectly–both the angle and position of the hole within the width of the tote. Even using my (low-end) drill press, I find that is the most challenging aspect.

    #140771
    cragglerock
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    You could pick up a cheap plane like an Acorn or similar and use the handles from that, cheaper than a new set. I did this and it cost me £6, they fit perfectly and I now have a spare blade too!

    #140773
    Ed
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    “The biggest challenge for me when I’ve made them is getting the darn screw hole lined up perfectly–”



    @dbockel2
    Would it work if you drilled the hole first thing and then did your layout around whatever hole you actually get?

    #140775
    Dean Browett
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    Check out Ray Iles’ site http://www.oldtoolstore.com. I bought a pair of handles from him at a show and I’m sure they were less than axminster’s.

    Cheers

    Dean

    #140780
    raze599
    Participant

    Thanks guys. As of now the most promising option is to buy a cheap plane to dismantle. I’ll see how it goes. Thanks again for your replies.

    #140784
    David B
    Participant

    Ed–that is a really interesting idea. I will consider that the next time I make one.

    #141386
    michael332720
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    I bought a tote for a transitional plane from Greg Droz.
    http://www.drozsoldetymestanleytotesandknobs.com/

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