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Stanley No.101 "Toy" Block Plane

Fine guitars can be made without any power equipment.

Irving Sloane, Classic Guitar Construction, 1966



The other day I needed to finish shaping the braces on the back of the latest guitar, a copy of a 1930 Santos Hernandez guitar. I didn't want to fuss with my No.60 1/2 block plane...



so I pulled out this little number. I bought it about two years ago at a meeting of the Rocky Mountain Tool Collectors for $5 and it's been sitting on the shelf until this week.





I locked the blade in the sharpening jig and took it to a diamond stone, didn't take long to get a good edge on it.





I flattened the back using "the ruler method", the blade took on a nice polish...





and I swiped the sole across the stone a few times. Still needs a bit of work, but really, I'm using this plane to shape braces not a table top.

If it only had an adjustable mouth...


I know you can find these planes used for around $25 on the Internet, pick one up and give it a try, it's a fun little plane!

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