22 September 2016 at 10:00 am #140583raze599Participant
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.22 September 2016 at 10:27 am #140584DarrenParticipant
Axminster in the U.K., but take a deep breath before you check the price…
Darren.22 September 2016 at 10:37 am #14058522 September 2016 at 12:28 pm #14058822 September 2016 at 8:45 pm #140765Peter GeorgeParticipant22 September 2016 at 9:37 pm #140769
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.22 September 2016 at 10:07 pm #140771cragglerockParticipant
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!22 September 2016 at 10:10 pm #140773EdParticipant
“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?22 September 2016 at 10:34 pm #140775Dean BrowettParticipant
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.
Dean22 September 2016 at 11:40 pm #140780raze599Participant
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.23 September 2016 at 12:46 am #140784
Ed–that is a really interesting idea. I will consider that the next time I make one.13 October 2016 at 1:30 pm #141386
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