LumberJocks

DIY Jigs / How-to Woodworking #4: How to Set Up a Hand Plane before Shaving

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Humus Workshop posted 12-10-2016 08:12 PM 1579 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Bandsaw Jig to Cut Log Slices / Christmas Ornaments Part 4 of DIY Jigs / How-to Woodworking series Part 5: Magnetic Japanese Handsaw Guide »

This is the story: after tinkering the plane I got so tired that at night I dreamed that I was at the beach using the plane like a mirror. So check out my dream come true here: https://youtu.be/eIzW6Nsi0aE

The plane is a Stanley n5 with the sole and edges in a very poor condition. In addition, the blade holder (frog) was not flat so the blade did not work well. Although it’s a work that needs patience, believe me that you will have a happy ending and the difference is well worth it. Now the performance of my plane is excellent. Your plane will go from being a standard plane to a premium one.

A very important detail is the frog, it has to be completely flat because it is the support surface of the blade.
Do it without haste, although the steel is hard to mechanize it needs your love.

The plane will stop being a standard and look much more like one premium. By adjusting the body measurements of the plane can gets achieve a correct and sliding finishing on the sole and the edges.

A very important detail is the frog, it has to be completely flat because it is the support surface of the blade. Do it slowly, without haste, the steel is hard to mechanize because needs your love.

Materiales: 14 sandpapers / Double Sided Tape / Grinding oil / WD-40

Use the double sided tape to attach the sandpaper to a flat surface. I’ve done it on my table saw.

- 2 papers #180 to start apply only WD-40 over the sandpapers. This is to clean and lubricate and sanding slowly. Little by little you will see how it going grinding the sole of the plane. Watch the video to see more details.

- 2 papers #220 only using WD-40 to remove the deeper stripes.

- 2 papers #800 start sanding applying grinding oil on the sole and over the sandpaper too.

Note that the grinding oils are fast friction, so they evaporate quickly as their function is to lubricate at high pressure during grinding process of the steel. So apply a little on the sole, another bit on the sandpapers and start to sanding quickly before it evaporates. Repeat the process twice and then apply WD-40 and follow sanding to lubricate, remove more stripes and cooling the iron.

- 2 papers #1000 Repeat the above process.

- 2 papers #2000 Repeat the above process.

- 2 papers #3000 Repeat the above process.

- 2 papers #4000 Repeat the above process.

A very important detail is the frog, it has to be completely flat because it is the support surface of the blade. It is very simple, but don’t forget do it without haste, the steel is hard to mechanize because needs your love.

Watch the video to see it better.

Well, to finish don't miss my dream come true. Hope you enjoyed it. See you next time!

-- Think, make and share.



4 comments so far

View doubleDD's profile

doubleDD

7699 posts in 2184 days


#1 posted 12-10-2016 08:55 PM

Valuable information. Very well explained.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

View Mark Wilson's profile

Mark Wilson

2253 posts in 1204 days


#2 posted 12-11-2016 12:25 AM

Clearly, a man obsessed. Just kidding. Good work. Oh. And like the way you didn’t do what the plane salesmen do in their videos. You know. They use basswood to show how well their tools work.

-- Mark

View Humus Workshop's profile

Humus Workshop

65 posts in 1182 days


#3 posted 12-11-2016 01:37 PM



Valuable information. Very well explained.

- doubleDD

I’m glad it was helpful. Thanks man!

-- Think, make and share.

View Humus Workshop's profile

Humus Workshop

65 posts in 1182 days


#4 posted 12-11-2016 01:40 PM



Clearly, a man obsessed. Just kidding. Good work. Oh. And like the way you didn t do what the plane salesmen do in their videos. You know. They use basswood to show how well their tools work.

- Mark Wilson

Hahaha I hope that Stanley send me scrap of basswood to prove. :D Thanks Mark!

-- Think, make and share.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com