Bedrock 603 re-animation #3: body rework #2

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Blog entry by thetree posted 05-07-2012 09:47 PM 1045 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I surface ground the sides and sole of the body of the plane. I understand I will probably have to lap them again after I assemble and tension the plane, but this will get them perfectly square and leave minimal stock for hand lapping. Here is a shot of grinding the side:

This is one thing that was bothering me most of the weekend. There is this chip at the front of the rib and I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I could make a repair piece and braze it on as before or I can just remove it. Since this isn’t going to be a showpiece, total period restoration, and it won’t be for sale, I decided to just remove it in a decent manner. The following pictures show the chip and then the layout of what I plan on removing.

Here are some finish pictures:

There is a small void in the corner at the rear of the mouth that I am not particularly fond of, but I don’t plan on doing anything about it, as it is behind the blade and I doubt it will affect performance.

Next I will be working on the frog. Shouldn’t be that difficult, just cleaning it up. I will probably grind the 2 contact surfaces though. Gimme a couple days – Dan


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#1 posted 05-07-2012 10:10 PM

Wow…. Absolutely Wow…. Such perfect work. Well done!

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#2 posted 05-07-2012 10:14 PM

man, can you teach me to do that!!

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#3 posted 05-07-2012 10:44 PM

That brazed repair looks awesome…some skilz on display (as my daughter would say, afterwards I would chew her out for the poor spelling).

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#4 posted 05-08-2012 12:00 AM

You don’t happen to be a gunsmith, do you? I don’t have anything that needs doing right now, but I had given up thinking it was even possible to expect results like that.

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#5 posted 05-08-2012 12:00 AM

What you did looks great. It should be a great user.

I missed my access to a surface grinder. In my GM days I have access to all the machines. I have planes with pitted sides. A surface grinder would clean it up good.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#6 posted 05-08-2012 12:01 PM

No, I am not a gunsmith. I am a 3rd generation machinist and I have actually never done this before. I do however have a very talented gunsmith who works for me. Thanks for all the compliments. I am excited to have this thing finished.


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