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Blog series by David Craig updated 12-25-2011 08:31 AM 3 parts 27096 reads 26 comments total

Part 1: Plane frog and cap iron adjustment

10-21-2010 08:53 PM by David Craig | 14 comments »

I have read a great deal of tutorials on plane tuning and restoration processes over the last few weeks. Before getting started on my plane accumulation, I wanted to be as educated as possible. Most tutorials contain excellent information on the basics of sole flattening, blade honing, frog flattening, etc. But, I find the information comes up a little short on why the advice is given to avoid newer planes (except LN), what pitfalls can be expected with a newer plane (i.e. record planes post ...

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Part 2: Frog and Cap Iron Adjustment Part 2 - The cap iron

10-22-2010 02:28 PM by David Craig | 10 comments »

I have ordered 3 planes, so far, that were used. Of those three, only one didn’t arrive with the iron almost fully extended. I don’t see planes at garage sales any more, but when I did, I noticed the same thing. While the blade extension might seem like the obvious problem, one of the real underlying issues here is that the cap iron is not set right. The cap iron is another item on the plane that I think is overlooked, yet is an essential piece to successful plane operation. Of...

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Part 3: When new blade appears too small for Grizzly G0555 bandsaw

12-25-2011 08:31 AM by David Craig | 2 comments »

Merry Christmas folks. Just wanted to share a tip that I learned the hard way. I know many LJs own the Grizzly G0555 band saw and since many boast riser blocks, most of what follows probably seems very elementary :) But for slow ones like me, I thought I might share an experience and hopefully reduce another’s frustration somewhere down the road. Last August I was gifted with the funds to purchase the aforementioned saw by my brother who wanted to give a thank you gift for sharing re...

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