So I made a mistake. Not a big one but definitely avoidable. When I set my grinder up, I used a nice thick blade to figure out where may angle should be. Unfortunately I forgot to factor in the tapered blade on the old plane makes a RADICAL 10 degree difference to my grinding angle so I realized that I had a 20 bevel angle about early enough correct it. I tapped the stand forward so I ended up with a second bevel of 30 degrees. Believe it or not the secondary bevel is big enough to reference well for freehand honing (that surprised the hell out of me). I decided to leave this until the natural grinding process slowly corrects this error, rather than lose so much precious steel.
The bonus is that when I grind it will be a fairly quick task. I think I saw Krenov do this on purpose to a paring chisel, I can see the benefit and may have to toss it in my bag of tricks for later. Though the benefit on a plane iron is negligible. Oh well, wiser for the next time.
I flattened the back and took a look at my bench, what a mess. (not to self, build a separate metalworking area)
I took some time to try a test cut…not really expecting anything…I ended up with a really flat piece of cedar.
I still have some work to do but I still can’t believe that a 137 year old plane was stable enough to hold flat for all these years. I also played around a bit with jointing the edge square, what a difference, the curved plane lets you very consistently change the depth of cut from side to side by steering the plane left and right…I can’t claim finesse with that yet, but I can tell I am going to like it more than the 3 plane edge truing system I use now.
All these are great things to learn for me, but most importantly. I think I learned that I need to just let my wife have my pliers and buy a new pair for myself.
-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan