One of the requirements for dovetailing, is to use a smoother plane or block plane to knock down the pins (or tails… unsure!). So I went to work on rehabbing a craftsman block plane I pick up recently. Mind you, I did not do a restoration like Doug did in his restoration project: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/48606 . One day, yes :) But for now, just need a 100% operational block plane for this hand tool cabinet. This would be the first rehab plane I’ve ever done. I am sure mistakes were made.
First, flattening the sole. Wow…this took alot of trial and error. Ended up having much better results on 80grit 8”x10” sandpaper than I did on my 120grit diamond stones. I assume it’s because of the square area for each stroke is much larger on sandpaper than a smaller diamond stone…or maybe 80grit is much faster than 120grit.
Luckily, I had a 8”x10” engineering granite plate ($5 from auction, of course!).
Here is a picture of the 4 planes I recently acquired:
And a picture showing how the sole used to look:
OK…was a good learning experience. Many more planes to tackle down the road, so best get alot of sandpaper! Next up, working the iron blade. Flattening the back was a challenge because so dinky in my big hands. Needed a solution. Aha! My dial indicator magnetic base! Worked all thru the grits (80, 120, 220, and 400).
For the sharpening of the blade, I did use my diamond stones and veritas mkii jig. Used 120,240,400,600,1200 (I know I didnt have to go above 240…but wanted to see the results). And set at 30degree angle (this might be wrong, will find out eventually). Tried to emulate the Paul Sellers way of doing planes & blades. Hand sharpened at the end using the lift up method and feathering the sides.
So now I have 1 serviceable block plane. Doesn’t look too pretty. That will come one day.
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