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Blog entry by john111 posted 03-25-2013 08:36 AM 1195 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just started to recondition my first hand plane! I am not going to say restore just yet because I am not confident in my restoration process. I basically have just taken it all apart and cleaned it up. It was pretty rough when I picked it up off Ebay. I got it for 6 bucks and about 12 for the shipping. So for about 20 dollars I think I picked up a good deal.So far I sanded it all and polished the screws frog ext. I left the adjusting knob on and polished that the best I could. I didn’t want to take that off just yet and mess it up. I painted the bed and sanded the tote and knob. Then rubbed some oil on it. It looks sooo much better. Not new but very nice I think. The tote has a crack in it but I think will be fine for awhile. I am going to use this plane. So the frog is good but the chip breaker and the blade look pretty bad. I think I may pick some new. First though I will try to clean them up and sharpen the blade to see how it runs. I may lap it as well but I have to get a set up. I checked it and it seems very flat. So I haven’t the pics yet but will post as soon as I take them. I have a couple from when I first got it but I just wanted to write this up whilst I had the time and the energy!!!

-- john111



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#1 posted 03-25-2013 09:49 AM

Congrats on your first plane purchase and welcome to Hand Plane Addicts Anonymous. You may not know it, but you have started down a slippery slope, because planes are like potato chips—no one can have just one.

Now, we have a rule here. Pics or it didn’t happen. :-)

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#2 posted 03-26-2013 01:11 AM



Ok Jay here is a few images when I took it out of the box. It really wasn’t in that bad of shape. The perfect one to start with. I am just seeing links for the pics I hope they work. The first one is of a woodriver which was WAY to expensive. I didn’t realize at the time what you could get off of ebay or garage sales.

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#3 posted 03-26-2013 01:17 AM

Looks like I did ok with uploading the pics earlier so I am good to go!!!!!! When I finish the plane I will take some pics of it and post them!!!! All I have left really is to sharpen the blade and clean up the chip breaker and frog. Thats as far as I will take this one except for possibly a new blade. My other plane (the wood river#4) has been giving me some tear out and looks like ridges perpendicular to the the grain. I do not know why. Any thoughts?

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#4 posted 03-31-2013 01:07 PM

John, what you are describing with your Wood River sounds like chatter. The fix is to fettle (tune up) the plane. There are plenty of resources out there that will help, but to get you started. Chatter is the iron catching in the wood and then springing back. In order to stop it, you will need to:

  • make sure the frog is seating perfectly with the bed—this is usually not the problem on planes based on the Bedrock design, but should be checked.
  • flatten the top of the frog to ensure full contact with the iron. If the lower half is flat across the whole frog, that is good enough.
  • make sure the iron is sharp
  • make sure the iron & chipbreaker are meeting all the way across at the cutting end.
  • set the chipbreaker as close to the cutting edge as possible, no more than 1/16” back.
  • have the iron sharp, like shaving sharp
  • don’t try to take too thick of a shaving
  • did I mention have a sharp iron—sharp solves a lot of problems

Good luck *

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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