for xmas this year i got 2 antique japanese planes – an adjustable chamfer plane and the other is an adjustable fillister plane. definately neat in their own right. however, being new to the whole wood scene, tools get me giddy. really giddy. stupid giddy really. and since i really don’t have a lot of tools, i thought “why not fix these bad boys up and add them to my slowly growing stable?” so that’s what i started to do.
now the fillister plane’s blade and chip breaker came right out with a couple whacks to the “front” of the dai (i’d still call it the back). and i’ll sharpen that right up, when i get some waterstones (they supposedly arrive on monday). however, the chamfer plane…..oh, yes…the chamfer plane….it couldn’t be all roses and gumdrops to get these planes going could they? apparantly not.
the chamfer plane was and is not feeling like coming out of the dai. so i scoured this vast magic land of the inter web for information on how to get a japanese plane unstuck from a dai. and i found a few good suggestions like sticking the plane in the freezer so it can contract and pull away from the wood. another suggestion was to stick the plane in water, but the plane is pretty rusty as it is, so i decided that was an awful idea.
so i took the chamfer plane to the chicago bauhaus today and jerome suggested cutting away at the rust from between the pin and chip breaker. so i did that. then i got the bright idea to use my dremel with the steel wool looking bit on it, and that worked beautifully. however, it still would not budge. so i took a scrap of purple heart and a hammer and knocked the chip breaker back and forth away from the pin and low and behold the chipbreaker came out!!!!!
unfortunately, the plane is still stuck in the dai….it looks like the dai is rusted to the wood….can that happen? anywho, both the chamfer plane and its dai are back in the freezer. hopefully pulling away from each other so i can get them seperated…
i think that’s it.
oh, if you want to see some pics of the planes here’s a link to where i was able to upload them: