The bottom was flat enough for rough work but not fine cuts impressive after 137 years and a trip from coast to coast. Now I needed to make it flat enough for fine work. I found it fitting that my old plane was being restored by my newest plane.
My vise crapped out (my fault, need to give me bench it’s yearly tune up…which may be the next next blog) so this is a good improvised set up for planing (yet another reason to make your bench clamp friendly)
I use winding sticks to check for any wind.
Chamfering the edges decreases the surface area of the plane sole and helps protect the edges in case of drops. Don’t chamfer the front edge or shavings will be swept under your sole and stop you from cutting (I promise this will make you grumpy)
I use a oil wax mixture all over the body of the plane. My wife makes it as a hand salve and I get the batches that are not up to par.
Here is the thin projection of the arc.
And a test drive.
-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan