Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #61: Tuning a barely usable trimming plane

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Blog entry by Paul Bucalo posted 02-02-2016 06:21 PM 662 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A couple of years ago I bought a Kobalt 3-in Trimming Plane from our one-and-only box store. Since then I have come to learn how poorly made this is (and the other Kobalt planes are.) For me, money spent is money spent. And I’m always game for trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. I decided to tune this little sucker up and see what would come of it.

You should have seen what this looked like before I got started. You would have had I thought to take a picture of it, right? palm slap

The iron supports are uneven at the their tips…by a lot. Someone at the factory got carried away at the grinder. Fortunately, the bed is even and this doesn’t affect the iron placement or working of the plane.

All that nice shiny metal? It was covered in a thick, uneven coat of paint. It had pealed away at one corner of the leading edge, too. Any wonder shavings got jammed underneath? I first took this to the WS-3000 and then the stones.

The leading edge of the iron wedge was roughly shaped and covered in pealing paint. A little time spent on the WS-3000 and diamond stones produced a sharp edge with a gradual camber.

Ready to prove it’s worth.

Worked okay. For nine bucks, and what I would use this for, I’m good. Someday…better stuff.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Upstate NY USA

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