The day started with me preheating my shop with my kerosene heater. I fixed myself a tall cup of coffee and off I went. I could not wait to start on my [new to me] planes. I wanted to start on one of the 2 fore planes but I knew the time it would take to work on the iron. So I started on the rabbit skew plane.
It was in excellent condition. The main problem is the very corner of the back of the iron is a little concave. With a few sharpening’s it will come into the correct flatness. I placed the iron in the bed and it produced a rabbit with beautiful shavings. It was made by H. L. Naramore Goshen Mass. circa 1865-1872
Then i got started on the bead molding planes. The first was a 3/8 bead molding plane made by Shiverick circa 1865-67. It needs major honing. I do not have a slip-stone that will do this properly. So it will be set aside for latter.
The next was a #10 bead made by Winstead Plane co. out of Winchester CT circa unknown.
It was in very good condition and the iron needed very little attention. It is a 3/4 and produced sufficient shavings.
Then with most of the day left I started on my first fore plane. It is from Alex Mathieson & Sons Glasgow Scotland. I will need to investigate the markings more to pin the manufacture date down. But its between 1841-19xx.
I started by dis-assembly and checking the flatness of the bed. This plane has seen some abuse. The throat is hollowed a bit. But with some sanding the toe, mouth and tail are in the same plane.
The cap iron was in fare shape and only needed flattening and a good polish.
I honed on the iron for 2 solid hours. I am right at the edge of turning a burr and my arm needs a break.
I will continue in a day or two.
Seeing how I now have 3 fore planes. I metal and 2 wood. The setup possibilities are mind boggling. hew;)
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