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refurbishing old tools #11: Finishing of the Sandusky plane iron

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Blog entry by Dave posted 1237 days ago 1857 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I spent over 3 hours getting the iron and chip breaker sharp and square and wow. I had left them in this state Friday.

The iron had a heavy camber to it. But with some honing.

There is a tiny bit of damage to the corners but I had removed a lot of material and the damage will be removed with future sharpening.

The first chips on the edge of a 2/4.

Not to bad.

I had to get a piece of walnut and give it a try.
before

after

I am pleased with the outcome. Not bad for $22.00 plus shipping. To me that is the worst part of eBay is the shipping cost.
Thanks William for the Walnut.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com



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JL7

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#1 posted 1237 days ago

Sweet – nice job of reviving this cool old tool. I am just soaking up the info, because I am aquiring a few old planes here and there and someday want to make them sing again. I find it particularly tricky to get the old wood planes adjusted correctly.

Thanks Dave.

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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William

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#2 posted 1237 days ago

Looking good. That walnut looks a lot smoother than what I have coming out the tail end of my electric planer. I wish my back would handle it. You’d have me buying up hand planes too.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Dave

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#3 posted 1237 days ago

JL7 its a learning curve and I hope I wont make to bad of a mistake. Logans Cabinet shop has one of the best blogs about wooden planes. Thanks for the comments.
Yep It might but tell that to the large blister on my pinkie. That took a good 15 min. But I like the workout I am getting. Another but. But it is not hot yet. I love the way that walnut planes. What I dont like is the color it turns my skin. Thanks again William.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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stefang

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#4 posted 1237 days ago

Great result Dave. Nice thin shavings and a flat walnut board. The blade came out amazingly well and sure seems to do the business. You must have a plane for every occasion by now.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Dave

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#5 posted 1237 days ago

Thanks Mike. I still have another joiner coming. Then I have a couple of metal bodies to attack. Its nice to be able to grab a preset sharp plane and let her rip. I did sleep late this morning though. To much planing yesterday, kind of sore;) But that is what it is about. People pay good money to go to the gym.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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JL7

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#6 posted 1235 days ago

Hey Dave – thanks the link to Logans site – that is good info for me…...gonna give the old wood blaock plane a test drive tonight…..

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#7 posted 1235 days ago

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#8 posted 1235 days ago

Nice job. Any issues flatting the back after you flattened the blade? What technique did you use to flatten the back?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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JL7

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#9 posted 1235 days ago

Holy Handtool Overload Batman…....that’s alot of links (full of other links)......I may have to quit my day job…..appreciate it man…....

I did play with the block plane tonight – mostly just figuring out how to adjust the iron. It’s almost a miracle how easy it is to adjust if you know he tricks compared to “not even close” to having a clue…..

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Dave

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#10 posted 1235 days ago

WayneC if you look at the first picture you can see the change from steel to iron right about at the slot for the chip breaker screw. The bend in the blade was most likely from the plane hitting the floor on the iron. Best guess. The bend was not in the steel. So with some very light taps with my ball peen it went back to true. Should have used a mallet. Lesson learned. The worst part of flatting the back was from decades of rust. It still has some slight issues on the corners. But I felt I had taken off enough steel and I will get it with more honing. Note in the second picture you can see a small chip to the right. It was massive when I started and really I was tired of elbow action. This iron was very thin and no two of this period are the same. Its is kind of like a forensics game dissecting the construction of each plane.
As far as technique I use a honing jig.
I use a coarse stone and go until I reach the desired shape, hopefully a large burr has formed. The I use Arkansas oil stones (soft and hard) and just remove the burr, go one stone finer and go through the steps. I finish with a back bevel, strop, then jewelers rouge.
Yep, Jeff makes for good reading for me when the wife has dozed off. To me Jeff every plane has its little idiosyncrasies. How tight do you make the cap screw so you can make an adjustment. Its got to be flat. But with a block plane, LN tolerances are not that necessary. You would not believe what keeping a candle stick next to the bench will do for the sole of that plane. If you can get it to make fine shavings on pine end grain, you got it.
I have and use both metal and wood planes. I just like the feel of wood on wood. Thanks guys for posting;)

Easier to refurb to…

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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WayneC

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#11 posted 1235 days ago

I’m looking to referb some wood planes, have a jack and a jointer on the bench ready to go. Hopefully I will get to them later this year. Broke my leg last month and it will be a while before I’m able to walk again.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Dave

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#12 posted 1235 days ago

So sorry WayneC, please when you feel better and start your refurbish. Post you progress. I do love to see new life in old tools.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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WayneC

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#13 posted 1235 days ago

Thanks Dave. Will do on the progress posts. I used to blog quite a bit.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#14 posted 1226 days ago

yeah with those fraightrates you wuold expect it had come with shaves and straight boards
to have enoff for a year ….............right :D

looks like you got yourself a workhorse there Congrat´s

Dennis

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Dave

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#15 posted 1226 days ago

You got that right Dennis. And she is a good one. Thanks as always.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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