Transitional planes #1: Genesis (Fulton Tool Jack plane restore)

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Blog entry by AGargulak posted 08-22-2016 05:57 PM 597 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my first post, there will probably be many more to come.

I bought a transitional jack plane to flatten the top of the workbench I’m going to build in the next few weeks.

The plane as it came to me. The tote is broken and the body cracked. Japanning is chipped in several places. Light rust on castings and the blade.

I found this interesting… Why are there temper colors on the chip breaker edge?

The edge is pretty chipped but the grind angle seems fine, about 27 degrees.

A chunk is missing from the front. Unfortunately, its too deep to plane out, so I have to make do with a shorter front registration area.

I clamped it in a machinist’s vise between white oak shims as I do not have a workbench yet. I planed it with my only other plane… no idea who the make is. It’s made in Canada, had red shellacked handles, black painted castings and a lot of slop in the adjustment wheel. I regret buying it (it was there first plane I had ever seen, so I didn’t know much about it).

I checked the sole with a square, making the sole and the sides square and flat.

Sharpening on a granite plate. Again, not the best setup, I am buying a set of diamond plates from Lee Valley tomorrow, and I’ll put a real edge on it.

My plan is to get a nice set of 3 smoothers, 2 jacks and 2 jointers, all in the transitional style, and redo the japanning, make custom brass screws (I have two metal working lathes) and new bodies and totes from the same large piece of wood, currently some birds-eye maple.

Something like this beauty…

I’m getting a Benchcrafted Glide Vise tomorrow and then I will finish the plans for my bench. I have three days off this week, so maybe I will have time to begin building it this week.

-- An expert plane maker, saw maker and furniture maker. (In like 10-15 years) ;)

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