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Blog series by thetree updated 05-07-2012 09:47 PM 3 parts 7526 reads 17 comments total

Part 1: Unearthing

05-04-2012 04:38 PM by thetree | 3 comments »

The other day on craigslist I found an ad for “2 old planes”. The pictures we bad but one of them looked like a smaller bedrock so I contacted the guy and he told me that the one was a bedrock which he had never heard of. “too bad it’s not a Stanley, those are valuable” he informed me. The other was a craftsman. He wanted 15 for both, so I picked them up. The craftsman is a number 6, and I am not sure what I will do with it. The bedrock looked promising at first,...

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Part 2: Body Repair

05-04-2012 10:53 PM by thetree | 8 comments »

Here I will explain how I repaired the main crack in the body. Actually, It is more of a repair of a horrendous repair job. Here is a good view of what I was working with: Sandblasted view of the “repaired” section: Sawcut through old repair: Layout of section I need to replace: Milling section to be replaced: While I had one side open, I figured I would take the time to straighten up the front of the mouth. As I said, the mouth was considerably squeezed closed at...

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Part 3: body rework #2

05-07-2012 09:47 PM by thetree | 6 comments »

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 ju...

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