Wooden Hand Plane Problem

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Blog entry by nobuckle posted 06-01-2012 04:48 PM 7697 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Quite a while back I acquired an old wooden jointer plane. When I got it home I took it apart and cleaned it up a bit. The blade needed some serious work and the sole needed to be flattened. I was able to complete these task and I am now ready to reassemble the plane. the problem I am having is that the plane iron and the chip breaker are not going back into the plane body as easily as I think it should. It seems to be a very tight fit. I’m afraid that if I try to force them in that I will damage the plane is some irreparable way. Is it normal for the iron and chip breaker to fit this tight?

Here is the plane in question;

Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#1 posted 06-01-2012 05:43 PM

Not sure that plane had a chip breaker on the blade, are you sure you have the right blade?

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#2 posted 06-01-2012 06:01 PM

With old wooden planes, it’s not uncommon for the body to shrink, thus reducing the width of the bed. Since the iron doesn’t shrink, the fit can get very tight. It should not be so tight as to not allow some lateral movement. You can carefully pair the sides of the bed wider, grind the iron narrower, or both.

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#3 posted 06-01-2012 06:11 PM

I dealt with a similar issue. Here is my solution.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#4 posted 06-01-2012 06:49 PM

NJWilliam and RGtools is both right :-)
and the bælog RGtools linking to is a good one to get an idea of what you are dealing with
great pictures :-)

I wuold go for taking some of the iron of becouse you can easely
get the chicks too thin but be sure the blade is resting proppely against the body
as you can see in the blog

and be sure the wedge works/fits all the way down both at the sides and in the mittle
it can take several tryouts before everything is just right

there is more than one blog here on L J and vidioclips on you-tube about how to tune up a wooden plane
and the wedges


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Don W

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#5 posted 06-01-2012 06:54 PM

i’ve used the same approach as rg several times on similar type planes.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#6 posted 06-01-2012 07:50 PM

Thanks everyone for your help. I opted to carefully pare away some material from the sides of the bed. It took a little while but I think I got it. I’m about to make some shavings. I’ll post a short video of how it goes. Thanks for your time.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#7 posted 06-01-2012 08:32 PM

Hope it goes well and will watch for the results!

-- Wood is not velveeta

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