I recently came up with a project idea that will benefit from the use of a hand plane. Unfortunately, I don’t have one! After hours of research on old threads here, and soliciting some great feedback on a thread of my own, I had all but decided to buy a Veritas #3 low angle smoother.
Then, my wife’s job situation became quite unstable. While we are working that out, I thought I could spend a small amount of money and give a restoration a try. I have the time (projects on hold until this is all worked out too), and may just learn something and save some money in the process.
So I picked up a Stanley No 65 low angle block plane at a local antique shop. In this video, you will get my initial thoughts on the project, and my near real time thoughts on the plane itself. Future installments will show the rest of the restoration work.
My goal in sharing this is to give a true beginner’s perspective. I will say a lot of things wrong, and probably make some mistakes. But this will show a first time plane restoration by a first time restorer. Hopefully, it will help someone else thinking about going down this path!
-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.