Well we’ve finished most of our grunt work. All that’s left to do is finish up the base and get this guy ready to make some shavings! The next thing to do is to flatten the sole of the plane and to polish up the sides (maybe flatten them as well depending on what the planes going to be used for). We’ll handle that in a later entry but before we do that, we’re going to put this plane back together. Why do I reassemble it before working on the rest of the body? ...
About nine months ago my dad gave me one of my great-grandfather’s planes, a wooden rabbet plane. When he gave it to me I sharpened the blade as best I could and gave it a try, but set it aside because I didn’t have a specific use for it. Over the last few nights I worked at cleaning it up a bit. The most notable problem was that it was very, very dirty, covered in coal dust. Just touching it to pick it up would cover my hands in black. I scrubbed it down with a few grades ...
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When last we left off, we had done rust conversion on all of our parts except for the main body. So let’s pick up there and take care of body and sole. Just to remind us of what our patient looked like when we got it: I said in the last entry that I would be using a couple different methods of rust removal in this process. The first was the phosphoric acid bath we used on everything but the body. Well, we’re not using that (well not JUST that) on the body. Now, if ...
I’ve been thinking I am going to do this blog but haven’t had just the “right” plane to document the process… until now. I know there are an abundance of these tutorials all over the internet so I don’t pretend to be breaking any new ground here. I just know we all find our own little tricks and tips so I thought I’d show y’all how I do it and hopefully, there’s a useful tidbit in here for someone. Here are some good articles from wkf...
Oh dear… What is he doing? Is this the second entry in a single week? Yes, yes it is :-) I got a couple of free hours last night so decided to sneak in a little bench work. I decided I was going to flatten the slab I glued up over the weekend. But wait, aren’t you supposed to wait until the bench is done to flatten it? Well, yes. And I didn’t completely flatten it, that will be when I finish the build. But, my thinking is that this is the bulk of my top. Once I di...
The glued fractures appear to be holding up well. Since the fractures weren’t smooth and the sole wasn’t flat—with major gouges between the mouth and toe—I decided to take some course grit to the outside and flatten the sole. The sole is flat and the gouges are gone. Progressing through the grits should make this look, feel and work better once finished. The wedge is shot. A replacement will have to be made. The trouble area is really betwee...
My Dad acquired a beat-up coffin smoother a long time ago. Either he abused it or got it from someone who had. At some point he decided it wasn’t worth much, stuck it in a cubbyhole in his basement, and there is sat for several decades. I came along this past summer and figured I would try to make it useful again. I posted the following picture here before. This gives you a ‘Beginning’ picture of the project I’m taking on. I needed to seal up the blown out frac...
Often it is much quicker and easier to grab a hand plane to do a simple job rather than get a power tool, set it up and do the same job. (It also makes listening to Blues on the stereo more enjoyable!) I frequently use my radius plane and chamfer plane in situations like this. Does a great job with ease. This tool creates about an 1/8″ radius.Knocks the edge off in hurry. Similar tools available from Rockler, as well as several other online companies. Woodcraft offers some different style tha...
I was out at an estate sale and found these 4 beauties, or soon they will be ;) Three of the gems are Stanley Bailey #5 planes and the other a small #7 Disston panel rip cut saw. My tool well is currently pretty limited, so this will be a great chance to build it up a little and have some more tools at my disposal. I currently have a Stanley #4 and Stanley #6 that I have cleaned and restored, that I use for smoothing and jointing. I have a 8tpi Disston x-cut saw and a 4tpi rip cut saw for rou...
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