Restoring History-Auburn Tool Co Try Plane #3: Lessons Learned

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Blog entry by RGtools posted 06-24-2011 04:32 AM 5310 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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

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#1 posted 06-24-2011 05:46 AM

I get it when it comes to metalworking on the workbench. Drove me nuts, too. Then I went to a nearby countertops company that handles solid surface as well as granite materials. Asked them for a 2’x3’ piece of scrap, cut square, any color. Got a wonderful, 2” thick piece for $50. It’s now the sharpening / metalwork station. Not that everyone has a place like that nearby, but…

And, beautiful plane! You’re doing great work!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 06-24-2011 10:45 AM

I love that last note!
It looks like you have a wonderful plane going now, congratulation.
If my shop was bigger I would also set up a dedicated sharpening area as the first thing, perhaps I can make a fould out version.
Best thoughts,

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

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#3 posted 06-24-2011 03:00 PM

Smitty. I have the granite slab I just need to re-work my shop so I have more space. I have 462 square foot, no excuses for the clutter I have, (well other than Gramps but that’s a whole new can of worms I don’t feel like opening at the moment.). I look forward to selling all except the tools I NEED. Thanks for your kinds words and the advice.

Mads, I am sure if you put your mind to it you can fit a sharpening station in there, you did get a router plane into an Altoids box after all.

Happy shavings to all.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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