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Blog entry by MadJester posted 09-17-2014 10:52 PM 2434 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I cleaned up the smaller plane from yesterday…still not completely satisfied, but it will do. I then tackled a vintage Stanley7”. Inside it is marked “C 255” and has an “x” and a “2” below that (it’s covered by the iron). Back has “Made in USA”. The blade is marked “Stanley No. 220 (13-220A) Made in USA”. Not sure if it’s actually a Stanley plane, but no matter…I have several this size that I’ve picked up and this one had the adjustment on the back, so I went with this one. There was a mild amount of rust, and I didn’t do a full restoration, just cleaned it up to make it useable. Lapped the plate and sides (sides mostly for looks…) and I got some good shavings out of this one… I’m getting there on the sharpening part!

LOL

I cheated a bit on the base…had to use my bench top belt sander…these old shoulders just can’t hack it so good anymore…

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle



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Don W

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#1 posted 09-17-2014 11:03 PM

It looks like a later #220. Shavings tell it all.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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racerglen

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#2 posted 09-17-2014 11:37 PM

Susan, Bandit and I will both recomend a belt sander to kick off a heavy session, no reason not to.
My almost 66 year old shoulder kicks up with arthritis.
I follow with a session on a Princess Auto 4 sided diamond thingie followed by a lap plate and or stones as needed.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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MadJester

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#3 posted 09-18-2014 12:19 AM

Thanks Don…wasn’t sure, but most people don’t change out the iron (especially the ones I find at yard sales…unless it was obvious that the guy was a woodworker…). Good to know Glen…my shoulder got tweaked out a few weeks back and I haven’t gone to get a shot of cortisone yet…waiting to see if I have any other major moving of stuff in the shop to do so that I don’t tweak it out again right after getting it fixed up. I tend to get a lot of bursitis in both shoulders…sucks getting older…

Forgot to change the size of the images…was doing it from my phone….

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 09-18-2014 02:45 AM

I would have used the belt sander also. Good refurb.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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MadJester

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#5 posted 09-18-2014 03:18 AM

Thanks Monte! The base has some pitting, but it’s near the center…shouldn’t affect just the small jobs that I’ll be using it for…

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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mafe

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#6 posted 09-20-2014 07:25 PM

You are getting there fast.
How do you sharpen?
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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MadJester

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#7 posted 09-21-2014 01:48 AM

Mads, I’m basically using the large sheets of sandpaper (going through the grits…down to about 400 only because I have some on hand…) to do the lapping and then I’ve found some older stones at yard sales. I’m just trying out different combinations of what I have to see what works…then I strop it on a piece of leather with some stick buffing compound I have. I’m not using a guide…just doing it by hand. it’s not what I would call hi-tech, but so far, so good…LOL

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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mafe

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#8 posted 09-21-2014 04:22 PM

Sounds good, no worries there, just wanted to be sure it was not a sharpening issue.
Smiles.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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mafe

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#9 posted 09-21-2014 04:26 PM

Sharpening is not difficult, it’s just do do it again and again until we get the feel.
Also use use a magnifying glass can be a good idea, to see that we get the new edge right and that we get rid of the previous scratches, I always use a watchmakers magnifying glass when I set up a plane or knife even I have a quite good feel to it by now.
Also you can use a black marker to paint the edge where you sharpen, like that it’s easy to see how fare you are.
Think I made some blogs about that…
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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MadJester

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#10 posted 09-22-2014 04:20 AM

Great idea Mads, I hadn’t thought of using my jewelers loupe for that…and I used the black marker on the base plate, but didn’t think to use it on the iron when I was sharpening…I’ll try that…thanks!!!

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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MadJester

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#11 posted 09-22-2014 04:22 AM

LOL…oh…I just re-read what you wrote…hee hee…it IS a sharpening issue!! I suck at it!! No worries…practice, practice, practice….LOL

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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mafe

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#12 posted 09-22-2014 05:06 PM

Smiles, yes it will come and faster than you think, so do not give up.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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MadJester

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#13 posted 09-22-2014 07:38 PM

Never give up, never surrender!! LOL….I will be the master of my sharpening stone!!

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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