As the title of this entry states ’The things that must get done’. This is in reference to all the things that I knew I would need to do in order to complete certain tasks in the build. For example.. in the past I have always been able to get by using my LA jack as a jointer plane, or if need be I would borrow one from a friend saving me the money of having to buy a plane for one small operation. This build of course is a different story. There is going to be lots of jointing.. so I need my own jointer plane. In a way, I am using this build to motivate myself to get some things done and tools made/bought that I have just been too lazy to actually do, until now. Normally I would not include a blog like this in a build series, but in this case they are one and the same.
I bought this #7 in great shape from a friend. Of course the knob is ugly, the tote is broken and the blade sucks. But it is a #7c and the body and frog are in great shape. I don’t really like fettling old planes, but this one was such a good deal I could not pass it up.
Step one was to make a new handle. I had some crotch walnut kicking around… so I did the lay out.. if you were wondering, the angle is 27°.
Drilled the holes at the 27° to make things really easy on myself
Test the handle to make sure it fits..
Rough it out.. shape it to my hand, sand smooth (I had to buy sandpaper for this) and then apply one coat of oil
Then to make a new knob..
Drill the holes, turn it on the lathe, apply oil.. (I forgot to take a picture of it complete)
Now the most important part… the blade. I of course.. HATE old blade. So I bought a new aftermarket blade.
Now it just so happens that all of this was happening at the same time as some other related stuff. I bought another new plane (RH skew rabbet) and some new sharpening stones. So I used the new stones to sharpen this blade… awesome.
This stone has the coolest box for a stone I have ever seen!
Once everything was installed I set up one of the legs to take some test cuts and start making them square..