|Project by darkone||posted 03-04-2013 07:56 AM||2187 views||6 times favorited||12 comments|
This is the #5 Jack Plane that I picked up from eBay. After using my inherited #3 Smoothing Plane for my last cutting board, I knew I wanted a nicer #5 Jack. My father gave me a beautiful Lie Nelson Block Plane, but the LN Bench Planes are quite a leap up in price.
I got this for about $25. From the listing, I saw that the tote and knob were in good shape, the rust looked pretty light and the japanning was about 80%. Got it home, pulled it apart and brushed and blew as much dirt out as possible. Then, I picked up some Evaporust from Harbor Freight and let everything soak in there for about 2 days. The stuff works great! And, it didn’t ruin the plane japanning. Took it to the wire wheel to get everything cleaned up.
Once that was done, I got a 18” square piece of tile and glued some 80 grit sandpaper down to flatten the sole of the plane. You can argue whether that was necessary or not, but, my plane… Got everything flat and progressed up through 400 grit.
Performed the Scary Sharp sharpening method on the iron and it looks pretty good. Not perfect, but it’s getting there.
Performed a few shavings on a piece of scrap pine and can’t wait until I get another chance to use it.
Thanks for looking!