Spent most of it working on the iron. Did get the base cleaned up, and about as flat as it NEEDS to be.
Mainly around the mouth opening, and the ends. Cleaned out all the dirt on the inside, as well. Frog was waiting to go on. I wiped all the threads with some 3in1 oil, ran the bolts and the adjuster wheel up and down a few times. re-wiped off the excess oil. Installed the frog
Note: I tend to sit the edge of the frog inline with the little ramp right at the opening. Make a coplanar line. Wiped down the handles, and clocked the screws for them. Used the handles to help flatten the sole, as well.
Most of the rest of the afternoon was spent doing the sharpening of the iron’s edge routine.. Set up a honing guide
ran this set up on the beltsander, until the edge was nice and almost sharp. I had a scond beltsander handy, all set up square to the table
laid the iron onit’s side, and finished sanding a nice bevel. I also sanded the back of the iron. Next up, to the sharpening center
A 12×12 tile, smooth as i can find. Sandpaper is glued down. Free hand sharpening, this time. The oil stone has two grits. Bevel and back wwere done until I reached the last sandpaper in the center. A 1000 grit, wet-or-dry paper. Then a few strokes on an old leather belt, as a strop.
Had some painting to do, too
A re-fresh of the red chipbreaker, and an attempt to fill in the Victor area. Rest of the lever cap is taped off. The chip breaker will have to dry awhile longer, before the iron is installed. The Lever cap? Well
Could be better, i guess. So, just waiting on that red painted chipbreaker to finish drying, and THEN, maybe some shavings? That will be in a “Finale” later, maybe this evening?
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