Dungeon Shop Rehab Center: Rusty plane

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 05-02-2014 11:40 PM 1629 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, I won this Rusty & Crusty plane the other day. Showed up this morning on my doorstep.

Might have been in the bubble wrap a might long?? The sole was in need of some work

As well as most of the rest of this plane shaped object

The iron is stamped “Shipleigh’s” might have been from that St. Louis Hardware bunch? Although I hate steel frogs, I figured i would at least give this plane a chance to get back to life. Brought home a few items, to get the Nasty stuff off.

The stuff in the can came from work. The sandpaper is 120 grit. Took the plane apart

Oh yeah, the wire brush came from work, too. I was trying NOT to remove that frog, for reasons explained later. Took the iron, the chipbreaker , and the base outside onto the patio. Also brought along that spray can. Gave the three items a good soaking, and went back inside. Picked up the 1/4 sheet sander, one sheet of sandpaper, a 3M Purple scratch pad, and a Mountain Dew. The iron went for a spin. I wrapped the iron up in the scratch pad, laid it on to the saw bench out there. Powered up the sander, no paper, yet. And cleaned both sides. Then the chipbreaker. Finally, the sides and sole of the base. It used the sandpaper, with the pruple pad between the base and the bench.

Brought the three back inside, and moved a few things down to the Dungeon Shop. A look at the three, after a clean up

And the sole

Yep, we getting there. Took these down stairs, and worked on the sole some more. I had an old sanding belt clamped to the tile of the sharpening center

But it was coarse enough. So, the beltsander was set up in a vise, and the sole was given a ride until it WAS flat. Then a quick trip or two on the tile. Same with the sides. Next, some wire brush work

One of these days, I’m gonna replace that brush. Seemed to do alright, though

OK, base is looking better, now for that iron, and chipbreaker. Both needed some work. Chipbreaker didn’t mate with the iron, except in on tiny spot. Ran it on the belt sander, and then on the tile’s sandpaper. Set it aside for a bit. The iron needed the edge reground, was a hair of of square, and needed the back to be flatter. A little bit on the grinder for a new edge, and a start on the flat. Then set up the honing guide for 25 degrees

Went back upstairs, as i needed a cup of water. AND a Mountain Dew. Ran the iron, honing guide and all, on the beltsander. i keep four fingertips ON the iron near the edge. When one of them says it is getting too warm, a quick dunk into the cup of water. Got the edge loking good. Left the guide in place, and headed for the tile center

100 grit paper. Then the oil stone, both sides

Note the back of the iron, shines nicely. After the two stone’s grits, a trip along some 1000 grit paper

Then a few swipes on an old leather belt as a strop. Time to put things back together. I think I said I hate steel frog? You see, it is a ROYAL PITA to get them little itty bitty bolts back into place. You need the right tools

A pair of needle nose pliers, and a magnetic tipped screwdriver, and a lot of luck. Took a bit of fussing, and cussing, but they went in. Wood handles got a simple wipe down with some 3in1 oil on a rag. The bolts, and the brass adjuster wheel were cleaned up. The bolt for the rear handle?tote was a hair too long, might have been missing a washer or three. Grinder shortened the bolt a bit, and the handle is now tight.

All items back in their places, time to clear off the bench, and try a test track of Pine 2×2.

It might just work as a plane. Might even LOOK a bit better, too.

Apparently, the original colour of this plane was a Brown. Is isn’t black or red.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 05-03-2014 03:44 AM

Bandit you’re a nut! I thought about picking up one of these sheet metal monstrosities just to see if I could force it to produce a fine shaving…. You beat me too it. What does the surface it leaves behind look like?

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#2 posted 05-03-2014 03:55 AM

Not too bad, actually. These type of planes were built more for the sticky door type of work. Work the plane hard for a day, then put away until the next door or window started to get sticky. By the looks of the sole, this one saw a LOT of doors and windows. And a few nails too…

Iron could be a bit sharper, I didn’t go above 2k on grits. Seemed to work decently on pine, haven’t tried a hard wood, yet.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#3 posted 05-03-2014 07:47 AM

She cleaned up really well Bandit!

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 05-03-2014 02:35 PM

i have a parplus plane with a sheet metal frog also. I got the blade nice and sharp but it still wouldn’t do anything. I put a file to the frog and it was crazy out of wack. After a little bit of flattening the plane worked great. Blade takes a good edge and I can plane oak with it. It is a nice little no. 3 sized smoother.

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#5 posted 05-03-2014 02:37 PM

Looking good after all that hard work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 05-03-2014 02:56 PM

Jim: Not ssure if it felt like work, was having way too much fun….

Wally: Have had a few of these steel frogs before. Try to avoid them IF I can, but…

Yet, sometimes, just a little extra tune up works on these planes. They were made for the weekend handyman, to work on the house. Never meant for “Fine Wood working” sort of thing. They were used,, and abused…HARD, and were built to take it. The base casting on this one, weighs almost as much as the complete Wood River #4 V3 does. Very thick casting.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#7 posted 05-03-2014 08:12 PM

That plane cleaned up nice! Well done.

Have you considered applying your “clean up regimen”, to other items.
Perhaps a more worthy or needy entity, like….
Yourself??? ;^)

Yeah, I said it!!! That’s what you get for stealing MY Mountain Dews!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#8 posted 05-05-2014 01:52 AM

Great refurb

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 05-05-2014 02:10 AM

Nicely done bud.

Can I ask where you got the honing guide?

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#10 posted 05-05-2014 12:04 PM

Honing guide is a Veritas MK 1. When i bought it, it was about $40, or so..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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