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.
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