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Stanley # 3 Shows Up



The runners are glued into the chest. Clamping the drawers into my vice I reached for for my Stanley #4 Plane to begin fitting them. After a couple of passes across the dovetail pins I realized that the plane in my hand was in fact a #3. I acquired this plane several months ago and after flattening the sole and sharpening the blade it  sat in my tool box.

As the plane glides across the ends and sides, I test its weight and balance. The tote fits securely in my hand and as I begin and end a pass it lifts with my hands. The balance is extraordinary and I appreciate the slightly smaller size on the ends of the drawers.

Admittedly I enjoy cleaning and working with different tools and I am fortunate to have a number of planes to use. Although differences can be subtle and planes can be used for a range of work, it is enjoyable when you find one that fits a task perfectly.

After finishing and fitting the first drawer I continue to work on the nex20130303-163410.jpgt two, until they glide across the runners. I still have to insert plugs in the bottom grooves , but I will do this at a later time.

I expect there to be more movement in the tool chest after I return it to the garage and will have to make some adjustments as the humidity rises in the summer.

  1. April 13, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Nice work, dovetails. #3’s are cool. I like 10 ¼’s, same width but longer.

    • April 13, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      I’ve never seen a 10 1/2, how much longer?

      • April 13, 2013 at 7:06 pm

        Sorry (taxes, brain dead), I meant the #5 ¼; it’s 11 ½”; #10 ½ is a rabbet plane.

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