For $15.00 last week, I bought a Falcon Pope #5 after getting some good advice from LJs
I chose the Falcon Pope partly because I didn’t have a #5, but also that it seemed sturdy, had all the parts, and it said made in Australia. So why not.
Once I took it apart however, I stopped feelin’ the love.
Nevertheless, I pitched into a CLR bath and let it sit for a day. When I took it out, the lever cap was peeling, the color looked terrible. I was tempted to chuck the thing. I let it sit another day and then decided that I would just get it up to working order, but that I wouldn’t spend a ton of time on it. Of course once I got started, I enjoyed it and decided that maybe I should strip the brown paint off the tote and handle, then might as well paint the base.
Once I had the tote and handle sanded down, I used some dark walnut stain I had on hand and then a coat of wipe-on poly.
The iron had a curved edge to it, so I sharpened it by hand on my diamond stones. It seemed okay, but then I had either a lightbulb moment or a bad idea. I had a 220 disk on my ROS so I decided to finish off the iron with that.
Lo and behold, I got it very sharp.
This morning, I put it back together and didn’t have high expectations. I’m still learning about planes, but this one seems to be a lesser quality one at least when it comes to appearances.
It was very easy to adjust the depth of the iron, and here were my first results on a piece of birch:
Questions that arose in the process:
When I was sanding the paint off the tote, the sawdust once I got underneath was a reddish rust colour. I’m not sure what kind of wood that would be, but it wasn’t very dense or heavy.
Lead paint – If this is an older plane, should I have been concerned that the paint I sanded off might contain lead?
All in all, I now have a very serviceable, albeit slightly ugly #5.
That’s it for planes for now. Back to my workbench build so I have a sturdy surface for using the planes.
Make sawdust, my friends.
-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.