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Scott R. Turner

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#1 posted 12-24-2011 02:43 AM

I wanted to thank everyone again for the advice and help!

I took the plane apart last night, flattened & trued the fence, flattened the sole of the plane and lightly flattened the plane bed (which was convex). I used my #5 Stanley set for very light shavings, but the sole needed a fair amount of work. I flattened the bed with a file stuck into the throat (I couldn’t think of any other way to do that) and worked it pretty lightly for fear of opening the throat excessively, change the bed angle, etc. I also sharpened the nicker a bit with a file, cleaned the depth stop with steel wool, and gave the whole plane a coat of linseed oil & furniture wax.

I’m not sure which of the tweaks was most needed, but whatever the combination, the plane now works 100% better. It glides along the wood and spits out thin spiral shavings and cuts a nice square rabbet:

Considering it was basically non-functional when I got it, I couldn’t be happier. Thanks again to everyone for the help!

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