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.
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