I started a series since there seems to already be a theme to my blog postings…all related to this entertainment center project that I’m working on, and usually something to do with planes.
I’ve spent a good bit of time sharpening the blade to my great granddad’s old Bailey/Stanley plane. It’s almost sharp enough to cut hair with, but not quite. I realized this past weekend that one of the screw holes for the frog will need to be epoxied and redrilled. I had reached my frustration point…I was feeling like I was making some progress by getting the blade done, but still work needed done on the sole and now the frog…all doable work, but I only have two weeks until I have to start another school quarter, my time to get hopping on this project is disappearing before my eyes.
I made a trip to my local blue box store to see what my options were…after all I am hoping to only have to use it minimally… picked up a cheap low angle stanley block plane. Got home, and the sole appears to be flat, so I sharpened the blade up. I got what I paid for… the blade shifted all over the place, can’t get anything to line up right long enough to take a pass. Could be user error as well, but I decided it was time to talk to the Woodcraft folks again and see about getting a middle of the road plane that I could do minimal work to and possibly get my boards squared by the weekend.
I should get the lady’s name that manages to give me great advice – and almost talked me out of a new plane. I decided to pick up a Wood River #4, and save my granddad’s plane for when I had the proper amount of time to focus on it instead of trying to get it done to get onto the next task. The plane is still in the packaging on the desk as I try to validate how much of my plywood is out of square… so I’m still weighing my options…at least until tonight when I open it up to hopefully just sharpen the blade. fingers crossed
-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades