It can’t be said that I don’t like a challenge. With that in mind, I decided to undertake an enormous task. This is such a HUGE endeavor, that I’m actually a tinnie tiny bit nervous!!! I am motivated by a couple of LJ’ers to procede with this mighty chore. I was going to credit Bandit571, but he made fun of me today, so he gets no credit. I truely need to credit “Super Electric” Dave Bardin, galoot extraordinaire, for my inspiration. Thanks Dave!!!
I have an antique 24” wood bodied jointer plane, a Stanley Bailey bench plane and a Millers Falls bench plane that all need TLC and/or a restoration. Keep in mind that I have NEVER used, adjusted or tuned a hand plane in my life. Here are the 2 of my planes that need some luvin’:
OPPS, Looks like Stumpy Nubs decided to swoop in for a cameo!!!
This being “Super Bowl Sunday”, I didn’t have all day to restore three hand planes. I mean, there’s cold ones to be consumed!!! So I choose to rehab but one of my planes. I figured I wouldn’t be rushed and could really pay attention to the small details. I wanted to get this right, especially with this being my first hand plane rehab. I also didn’t want to ruin an antique, or potential heirloom, so I chose a different plane than those shown above.
Here are a few “Before” pictures:
That image is tough to make out. I’ll get a larger image…...
I think this is a better image….
OK, maybe not a huge plane, but it is still a daunting mission for ME. This Craftsman block plane could be worth millions of $$$ in a few years. I certainly don’t want to devalue it. Hence, my intimidation!!! However, I’m confident as I’m armed with my new WS3000!!! I think I may be up to the challenge….
Now then, we have all seen plane rehabs, so not much I can say that hasn’t already been said elsewhere. Besides there are experts here on LJs that can explain much better than I. So I’ll just post a boat load of pictures to show the process I went through. Sorry, but there are a LOT of pictures….....
This is a clean up, tune and test! I may paint if it works out…..
The heart of the matter, err the SOLE!!!
Yeah I know, OVERKILL, but hey who could blame me???
With the sole polished, time to work the huge iron!!!
I tell ya, I felt like a GIANT trying to sharpen that itty bitty blade!
I also had to file the mouth as it was less than perfect, still is, but a little better. After that, I assembled the plane.
Remember, I have never made a shaving in my life, let alone adjust a plane for paper thin ribbons. It took three or four adjustments to get these shots:
I believe these are referred to as….
”The Money Shot”, I was even able to chamfer the edge!!!
I can now say that I HAVE tuned, adjusted and used a hand plane.
I think bigger things are ahead of me….
Namely, those larger planes that need & deserve my attention….
so I can put them to good use.
Well, That’s the plan at least!!!
-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?