Did a bit of trading the other day, and wound up with three wood planes….wood bodied planes. While the fellow was there, I sharpened the iron on one of them, and made a few shavings. But, all three of these planes needed a little more touch-up..
The one in the center of this group was first in line. Japanning was about gone on most of the iron works. Wire brush to remove the red stuff, too. Have a small jar of Dupli-colour Black. Painted the cleaned up lever cal first
Worked on the iron frame next. Paint was a might thick
But there was a “problem” The frog was missing one of the bolts holding it to the frame. None in the spares tray, either. Paint was still wet, rest of the parts were wire brushed clean and shiny. I guess I could run out to Lowes, as this town has NO hardware stores. None. Of course, they didn’t have THAT size of bolt. Picked up a pair of Brass 1/4” x 20 slotted screws, with the rounded heads. Figured I might as well go all brass, and picked up some wood screws as well.
Got back home, dug up the tap wrench and a 1/4×20 tap. A drop of 3in1 oil, and spin new threads
Ok, now have two bolts to hold the frog in place. Palm sander to clean the grime off the body. Wire wheel, and a LIGHT touch, to clean the grime off the rear handle. Paint was dry. Time to put this thing back together.
Three screws to hold the frame to the wood body. One to the rear, one just behind the frog, and the front knob. Attached the frog to the frame with the new Brass bolts, using a straight edge to keep the frog’s face coplanar with the wood bed.
Fancy frog. Got things all set up, set up a test track, adjust the iron the take a thin shaving (for a Jack plane, anyway)
Seemed to do…Ok. I also sharpened up a Ohio Tool Co. plane’s iron, cleaned the wedge, and tried it out, too
Still need to refinish it, but seems to be ok. Two down, and one more to go
This one might take all day tomorrow….
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