Bedrock Revival #1: The journey of a poor little bedrock to a sweet smoother.

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Blog entry by Deycart posted 527 days ago 1530 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I won a REALLY beat up bedrock 603 off of the bay recently. It had a crack on one cheek and a mean twist to the bed. So I figured for 20$, I would see if it could bring it back to life.

After a little welding (I suck at stick welding)

Placed in to the oven to make the welds actually fileable and to relax the casting. After bringing it up to orange heat, I let it cool slowly in the box overnight. It was still a little warm the next day.

This is after it cooled. and some filing.

Here is what it looked like after I used to JB weld to fill in the low spots and to fix the warp in the bed. The bed was warped almost a 1/4 inch in one corner! That’s not a shadow in the corner.

Some primer

The finished shots

New Vertas blade. I don’t think I have seen anyone give them a try. Everyone goes straight to a Hock blade. These are a bit cheaper and every bit as good.

Some action shots

Yup that’s 2 mil… I think I got it working fine.

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#1 posted 527 days ago

Amazing!!! Fantastic job! It looks brand new!

-- Mike

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Don Broussard

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#2 posted 527 days ago

Nice job breathing new life back into that Bedrock, Deycart! Whispery fine shaving production—check. Did you really Japan it back or epoxy/automotive paint the inside of the body?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Don W

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#3 posted 527 days ago

woooow, nice save!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#4 posted 527 days ago

Looks like an amazing transformation. Well done, and worth it, no doubt.

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#5 posted 527 days ago

very nice restore.

-- Joel

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#6 posted 527 days ago

I used regular primer and spray paint. I’ve gotten tired of the temperamental Duplo color. It takes forever to cure and the finish is irregular. I think its just the climate here is causing it problems… cold and damp.

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#7 posted 527 days ago

WOW, what you achieved is absolutely amazing. Great salvage and resurrection. Now, enjoy the fruits of your labors.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 527 days ago

I am impressed. You brought back a parts donor.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#9 posted 527 days ago

I don’t think I would ever try this again with a plane much bigger than a number 5. I think in all the total project too me around 12 hours.

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#10 posted 527 days ago

Flippin’ amazing, when I saw that warp, thought you’d made toast !
Great job !

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#11 posted 527 days ago

Deycart -you worked some crazy magic on that 603!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#12 posted 527 days ago

You saved that one from the scrap pile for sure.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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