Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #78: Resurrecting a Coffin Smoother - Part II

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Blog entry by Paul Bucalo posted 09-30-2016 03:10 PM 240 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The glued fractures appear to be holding up well. Since the fractures weren’t smooth and the sole wasn’t flat—with major gouges between the mouth and toe—I decided to take some course grit to the outside and flatten the sole.

The sole is flat and the gouges are gone.

Progressing through the grits should make this look, feel and work better once finished.

The wedge is shot. A replacement will have to be made.

The trouble area is really between the wedge and the cheek shoulders. The shoulders are chewed up all around.

The thin white line between the wedge and the iron assembly is light shining through.

A couple ideas had hit me on how to fix this. I could chop out the damaged area and put in new wood that can be shaped into a complete, accurate shoulder. I could also carve back the damaged areas, straighten and even out the shoulder at the mouth, then add a cross pin near the top of the cheeks to keep the wedge tight against the iron assembly. I’ll decide when I get to that point.

The iron is in need of a new bevel and edge. It’s not square and unevenly shaped.

The chip breaker appears to only need a good cleaning and a little flattening at the leading edge.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Upstate NY USA

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