I’ve had a couple of 12-14 hour workdays this week and have not had the opportunities for restoring any planes. I decided to take a little time this evening to discuss items that will be needed for the restoration process. The basis for this list comes from the Ernie Conover Video on Reclaiming flea market planes. Hopefully, he will update this video and release on DVD.
The list is as follows:
Lap Plate – used to lap the sole and sides of a plane
- Plastic Laminate – speeds the process
- Heavy Plate Glass – flat surface
- Contact Cement
- Laminate Roller
Lee Valley also sells a glass plate and plastic that adhears to the plate
Other alternatives include using sandpaper on a granate plate or on a flat surface such as a table saw wing or jointer bed
Grit for sole and sides
- Emery paper
- Silicon carbide abrasive 60 Grit (powder)
I ordered some Grit from lee valley and also found some locally at a lapidary supply house.
Also you could use 60 or 80 grit sandpaper.
Abrasives for cleaning metal parts
- Coarse, medium and fine abrasive blocks
- 120 Grit Emery Paper
- Scotch bright
- Alcohol (Denatured)
- White Shellac
- Orange Shellac
- Squeeze bottle for alcohol
- Honing guide
- Angle gauge
- Water Stones
I am using a Lee Valley Honing Guide and Angle gauge, and Norton 1000, 4000, and 8000 grit waterstones. I have a 220 grit or so diamond stone that is used to flatten the water stones. I also think the new Pinnacle sharpening system being sold by woodcraft may be worth a look.
For setting the primary bevel angle on the plane blade I have a grinding jig from wolverine that integrates with my lathe tool sharpening system. The Tormek is on my “someday” list.
Please add to or correct this list as you see fit. As there are many ways to approch this problem. Thanks for reading and hopefully, I will get a plane restored and documented this weekend.
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