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refurbishing old tools #16: A Tune-up on a Fore Plane

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Blog entry by Dave posted 04-15-2012 09:49 PM 5787 reads 1 time favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As most of you guys know I love my wood planes. I try to keep them in razor sharp condition at all times. They are a bit more needy than a metal plane. The sole doesn’t rust but is made of wood and it has a tendency to move. I don’t have any big projects sitting on the bench and had a half an afternoon. I grabbed one of my fore (some call it a jack) planes and tuned it up. You will first see the removal of the wedge. You can hit the plane on the top of the toe or heel. After the wedge removal I disassembled the iron. The chip breaker had some chips between it and the iron. That required to re-flatten the breaker. I also try to check the bottom face of the iron for flatness. They both were in need of attention. I do this on the worksharp. Once that is done then sharpening the iron on the Tormek. The plane needs a good cleaning and I do this with turpentine. I then reoiled the wood with BLO. Reassemble and test. I only hit the wedge with a wood mallet and the iron with a brass hammer.
The fore plane is the first plane you go to for surfacing a board They are considered a coarse plane. I have 3 good ones and keep them at different levels of stock removal. It is not critical that the sole be absolutely flat. The object is to remove stock fast. The mouth can be pretty wide as well. After the fore you would use a tri or jointer plane. That would get you to flat and square. Those are considered medium planes. Then you would use your smoother to finish the surface. That would be considered your fine grade plane. IMHO
Please ask questions, or comment. That is how I learn.
Thank you for your time.
A short Video

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



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JL7

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#1 posted 04-15-2012 10:12 PM

Ha – good one….pure and simple, you are just showing off now! I think all my planes are defective, casue they don’t make curls like that….....safety cat is looking good, still has all the limbs!

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 04-15-2012 10:13 PM

SuperCoolDave should be your name!

Very nice!

Using the film display layout was COOL too… nice effect!

Nice cleaning procedure using the correct type of Turpentine, etc. Good to know.

When you tilted the close-up of the Breaker/Blade tip before tightening it down WORKED the best to see the spacing, etc. of the adjustment… lengthening the Tilting back & forth part of the scene would have made it a tad better… I had to rewind a tad and pause/play/pause/play to really see it good.

The Audio was better! I was still a little loud for me… BUT, it was more CLEAR than before… I turned it down a tad… But, YES! you did improve it a lot!

Great job!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Dave

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#3 posted 04-15-2012 10:19 PM

Thanks Jeff. A sharp edge will do it every time.
Got to love the cat. But not while I am on the router table. Then I hate that cat;)
Joe thank you. Was the sound a bit better for you this time? Thanks for the pointers, that’s how I get better.
Thanks guys.

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

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DIYaholic

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#4 posted 04-15-2012 10:41 PM

Good video.
I’ve heard of checking the sharpness of the iron by shaving your arm hair. I didn’t notice that step in your video. Do you check the sharpness of the ion by trying to shave “Safety Cat”? I ask because I don’t think that wood be very safe, for the cat or yourself!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Dave

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#5 posted 04-15-2012 10:44 PM

Randy I did video myself shaving the hair off the top of my hand. But didn’t put it in there.
Shaving the cat hmmmmmmm.
BRB I’ll tell ya how it worked out.
here kitty kitty….................

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

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#6 posted 04-15-2012 10:47 PM

Dave… I edited my original post with my Audio comment that I forgot to do… Thank you for reminding me by asking!

Thanks again.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#7 posted 04-15-2012 10:52 PM

thanks Joe!
Get your rasp yet?

~
thanks Randy, safety cat is running around with a reverse mo-hawk and I might bleed to death;)

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

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#8 posted 04-15-2012 10:57 PM

Haven’t received it yet… probably mid week of next week… I’m sure it’s on it’s way from Florida to California!

Thank you for your help on that…
If I hadn’t found it, I was going to ask you if you wouldn’t mind getting one & shipping it to me! LOL… BUT, I didn’t have to do that! LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Dave

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#9 posted 04-15-2012 11:00 PM

We could have worked that one out Joe. No problem.

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

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#10 posted 04-15-2012 11:44 PM

I knew we probably could have… But, I didn’t want to, if I didn’t have to…

I’m glad it worked out…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#11 posted 04-15-2012 11:57 PM

Looks like your gettincreative with your video software. LOL

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 04-15-2012 11:57 PM

2 Thumbs and 4 Paws up!

-- - As a woodworker, it could be interesting sometimes waking up in the morning and asking, "Lord, what will you have me do today?" -Noah

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Dave

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#13 posted 04-16-2012 12:12 AM

Thanks Doc, I am glad you enjoyed.
Paul that made me smile;)
Thanks guys.

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

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#14 posted 04-16-2012 12:27 AM

OMG, He does talk!!!

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#15 posted 04-16-2012 12:38 AM

just got a plane something like that says bailey on it picked it up at a yard sale for 5 bucks got it because i thought it looked cool didn’t know they really used wooden ones, going to learn them a little more , got to get the sharping of them down a little more thou,everybody say that is the trick to really being able to use them not there yet, like the safety guy looks like hes really on the job, great video:>)

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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