So the last place I left off, we were making shavings. The plane wasn’t in ideal form, but it was certainly functional.
This won’t be too picture heavy of an update, but I have made some progress.
I reshaped the front of the tote so the blade wouldn’t rest on it.
Plenty of room now. I also glued the tote in, and did the final shaping. The back now eases into the plane body on the back instead of how I left it before.
Then it was time to throw some adhesive back sandpaper on the bench and get flattening
I probably did this in the wrong order, but it’s ok. I then cut the front and back to length.
I ended up making it 32” long, as that just looked “right” to me.
After those were cleaned up with a float, I grabbed the #3 and made a nice chamfer on the top edges to ease into the sides a little better. Then I used a float and a half round file to carry that bevel down to the front, and ease back into square. This is probably my favorite style for these old wooden planes.
Then, it was time to make shavings again
And I couldn’t stop. Then I saw the pile on the floor (only the maple and pine shavings are from testing, the oak and mahogany behind it are from something I just finished up). I thought I should stop and clean up at this point.
But how can you say no to this?
I sure couldn’t…
As for the test piece of curly maple?
And that’s it for now. Next up will be applying some finish. I was thinking about danish oil on everything but the sole, and the bed/wedge. For the sole I’ll probably use just paste wax, or find some renaissance wax… thoughts?
As always, glad you could join me :-)