Yet another Handplane Restoration blog #3: number 6 almost done...

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Blog entry by John posted 05-25-2012 02:36 PM 1350 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have not been good about taking interim pics, here’s the number 6 after electrolysis and a lot of cleaning…

she is one good looking plane!

since most of the japaning was lost to time, scrubbing and electrolysis, i’m going to eventually sandblast and refinish

for now the sole needs to be lapped, the sides brought to 90 degrees, and I’ve got a veritas blade and chip breaker on order (I almost went with the IBC/Crosman but for the 50% premium over lee valley’s price I couldn’t justify it).

thanks for looking! comments appreciated…

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-- John - Central PA -

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Don W

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#1 posted 05-25-2012 02:40 PM

JC, that looks really good. What was the reason for the blade/chipbreaker replacement?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#2 posted 05-25-2012 03:37 PM

Don: “why” is a question i often forget to ask myself when buying tools! probably i’m caught up in the hype of a thicker blade, my excuse-to-self is that the chipbreaker is pretty beat up, but to be honest, the blade is in really good shape.

I have no good answer! but I am going to sharpen the existing iron and see what kind of damage I can do. Thanks for kickstarting my brain!

hmmm … for the $60 i sent to lee valley I could buy 30 rusty disstons at the flea market… remember the veggie juice commericals? I just smacked myself on the head and said “damn, I coulda had a D8!”

-- John - Central PA -

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Don W

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#3 posted 05-25-2012 03:50 PM

just curious, I’m not a “replace the blade” kind of guy but I don’t knock those that are. You do what works for you. Either way, it should work great and an extra blades are always useful.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#4 posted 05-25-2012 07:14 PM

Sometimes the difference with an aftermarket improved blade is amazing. Just save the original blade and no history is lost. Not that I’m into that or anything. To me its the usability of the tool that counts.
Nice work!

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#5 posted 05-26-2012 01:02 AM

I’ve been replacing the blades on my Stanley planes one at a time. Not with anything expensive either, those Buck Brother’s blades they sell at Home Depot aren’t too bad, once you put an edge on them, I put one in a #5 Jack plane. My #8 was a different story since they are so big. I found some place up in Mount Vernon Washington that had these 2 5/8 in wide blades, so I ordered one, and trimmed it down to fit with my wife’s Dremel.

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