A few months ago on ebay, I picked up a couple planes. I’m a “power tool guy” (and frankly, what I see you guys do with hand tools looks like black magic to me!), but I figured I should see what all the fuss is about. Having never used a SHARP plane before, I was certain I didn’t need them!
In the intervening months, I quit my job, moved to another state, and—perhaps most importantly—acquired a honing guide and a working knowledge of Scary Sharp.
The first plane is a Stanley Bailey #4 in pretty good shape. I spent the late afternoon today flattening its (almost flat) sole plate and sharpening the blade. Now, it cuts like butter. I can already see myself reaching for this instead of firing up a power tool (occasionally).
The second plane is a tiny block plane just 3 and 5/8” long. I had assumed that it was just some cheapie, but when I tried to flatten the sole I found the steel to be a bit stronger than I expected. Once tuned, this little plane cut like butter and its fits in my pocket.
Anybody know anything about this little number? The only marking is a cast “FJ” under the frog. The iron is 1” wide.
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