Hand Tools Odyssey #5: Block Planes and Tool Gloat One

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 11-23-2009 06:28 AM 5737 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Block Plane Tuning
Our next step was to tune our our block planes. We tuned a Stanley 220 and a Stanley 60 1/2.

This is pretty simple. We started by lapping and sharpening the blade as described in our prior blog entries.

We lapped the sole on a diamond plate to flatten it and then polished it on water stones.

We tuned the lever cap by removing paint from the underside on the grinding stone.

and then polished the curve of leading edge of the lever cap.

Here are the finished planes which cut like dreams.

Tool Gloat One
I bought and antique Staley no 7 in good shape. A few replacements but I tuned it up just as described in the prior blogs. Check it out.

The plane will make its appearance in a future blog.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#1 posted 11-23-2009 06:38 AM

Very nice. Any shots of the planes in action?

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#2 posted 11-23-2009 06:39 AM

Upcoming Wayne.

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#3 posted 11-23-2009 06:52 AM

Looking good

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#4 posted 11-23-2009 12:35 PM

Giz, I think that it is admirable you are getting into hand tools. I know that I have long neglected to develop these skills and focused on power tools, largely neglecting to develop my hand skills. But I have found that they do have a place in any shop.

Nice score on the #7 too by the way. I have one that belonged to my father that needs to be tuned. These posts have been an inspiration to get started on this project.

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#5 posted 11-24-2009 03:33 AM

At this point I have spent more time sharpening then woodworking, but the knowledge is invaluable. I am looking forward to incorporating the skills into my power tool work.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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