refurbishing old tools #4: SLOW DOWN DO IT RIGHT its only waited a 140 years

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Blog entry by Dave posted 02-19-2011 07:11 AM 1587 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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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-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#1 posted 02-19-2011 09:19 AM

nice refurb Superdav great blog
next time consider use real terpentine made from trees instead of mineral spirits
to clean the wood with

have a nice weekend

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#2 posted 02-19-2011 01:09 PM

Nicely done wedge Dave and it’s nice to keep Chip alive in memory. I have some nice dry European Beech that I intend to make a plane out of. Very stable and hard wearing wood.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 02-19-2011 06:17 PM

Dennis the spirits I used are [green]. It is the color and consistency of milk. They are supposed to be biodegradable. I will try and find some turpentine. So its a better solvent for the old tools? Less damage?
Mike my choices were red oak, sapele, walnut and magnolia I chose the oak because it is hard and fairly stable. I have some nice tiger maple but it hasn’t been cut yet and I think it would have been a little soft for wacking on with a hammer.
thanks guys ;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#4 posted 02-19-2011 09:10 PM

I havn´t invastigated the terpintine yet so much and
the different type of things something I have to catch up :-)
just a thing I read way back about using natural stuff instead of all the chemical things
that its produced from other stuff
I think a small part of the line that got to hang in there
was something like what comes from a tree is good for wood furniture bla bla bla
you know the drill some parts hang in there but why just skates over your head
and I hate when an article like that has done so and I can´t remember where I did read it

take care

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#5 posted 02-19-2011 09:13 PM

Nice looking plane.

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