I had been rushing with the refurbish and stopped took a step back and started over.
I was not happy with the wedge and started to look closer. It was not the original it is to long and to narrow. It also has a crack in a very bad place. My C A repair would have held for a while but I was optimistic of its durability with heavy use.
So a new wedge was in the near future. I have a lot of 5/4 red oak scrap. So I found a fairly straight grained piece.
Tuning the angle.
I chose to make the new on a little wider and the same length of the old one. This would allow me to adjust.
The only power tool I used was my router table to place the grove for the iron screw.
To lap the blade I had to really go deep.
The iron is in fair condition.
With the iron honed and wedge finished. I have dedicated this project to Chip.
I then used some scotch bright and mineral spirits. I cleaned old paint stains and a whole lot of crud off. Oiled it with linseed oil. Placed the wedge and iron in and set it to tension. I want it to dry under tension.
It has S. Ashton Sheffeild On the iron. The toe of the plane has a stamp ” Guaranteed English Beech ” From what I can find it is round about 1870. The iron was from a independent tool maker and the plane was built elsewhere. But from the stamp I bet it also was produced in Great Britain. The initials F M are stamped on it.
Now check the fit. Not bad.
That is the bulk of the refurb on this batch. I will be looking for a few more new [old] planes. Many lessons to learn. Please give any and all input you can. I do love the wealth of knowledge this site brings.
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