Block Plane Restoration

Block Plane Restoration

I was interested to see what work went into restoring a hand plane since most hand tool users recommend buying an older plane and restoring it versus buying new.

This video shows the steps that I went through to clean and tune my Miller Falls Block Plane. I was given the block plane for free and even thought the sole and cap have numbers engraved into them, I do not know the actual model # or year it was made, I was told it was from the 1960’s but the logo on the cap makes me think it is newer than that.

Special thanks goes out to Nick Laeder who gave me a new cap iron and spinwheel after I posted a video on Instagram showing the original spinwheel stripped so that it would not tighten making the tool useless.


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  1. a md Arif on February 16, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    Hi I want know how to sharpen the block plane blade angle

  2. Andy Crowley on February 16, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    3 hrs of sanding 🤩

  3. twoweary on February 16, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    I think I would’ve started with 80 grit to save some time,and finished with some fine grit to shine it up a bit. Painting is a matter of preference though (although I would). It’s a labor of love to restore a plane isn’t it? Nice job. TU4me

  4. Travis Jodoin on February 16, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    why didn’t you refinish it? just preference or what?

  5. Sojourner 2016 on February 16, 2022 at 10:50 pm

    Put a precision straight edge on that sole. I guarantee that it is bellied.

  6. Southern Ginger Workshop on February 16, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    Nice one!

  7. Blake Campbell Outdoors on February 16, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    I inherited a lot of my great grandfather’s wood working tools, his planes are in a state of disrepair and I want to use them. When flattening the sole would it have helped to use something like window cleaner or water with the sandpaper? Or do you think dry paper did the trick. I have 6 planes to restore.

  8. Blake Campbell Outdoors on February 16, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Thank you

  9. Rudi Ruesay on February 16, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    A really nice restoration! Thanks for Show and thumbs up! Greetings from Bremen, Germany!

  10. Matt Williams on February 16, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    What is the grit on the sand paper?

  11. Dennis Bond on February 16, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    Nice lovely little video that’s easy watching and knowledgeable that’s easy on the eye!

  12. Dave Kirkeby on February 16, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    How about a belt sander to get the plane close to flat?

  13. ared18t on February 16, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    The three hours of sanding is a perfect example as to why I always start on 80 grit sand paper.

  14. Bernard H Van Engen on February 16, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    My idea is that you placed the blade bevel up instead of bevel down, which results in a steeper bevel on this plane.

  15. John Jones on February 16, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    I have heard that you need to have the blade in place but retracted before you flatten the sole as the blade tensioner will slightly distort the sole. What are your thoughts?

  16. Tome4kkkk on February 16, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    Mine has a 0.2 mm concave sole so I’m using a file and a corundum stone for starters.