Advice on lapping the sole of my #90 shoulder plane

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10-18-2007 05:55 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tuning plane stanley 90 lapping sole

I’m tuning all my planes and right now I’m working on my Stanley #90. This the smallest of their shoulder planes. I’ve watched a good shoulder plane tuning video on FWW by Chris Gochnour and it is all straight forward. BUT, I’m worried about the sole since it is coated with nickel like the rest of the plane. This is a sweetheart era plane and really don’t want to degrade it but I feel it needs lapped just as any other plane. The one in the FWW video looks like a 93 but there is no mention about the finish in the video.

Should I be concerned about taking he nickel off the sole?

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#1 posted 10-18-2007 06:02 AM

I would take a good strait edge and verify that you have an issue before lapping. I would not be excited about removing the nickel. Also, perform all of the other tuning activities and try the plane out, I may be fine without any lapping.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 10-18-2007 07:17 AM

I’m with Wayne; but of course if it isn’t flat – I’d want it flat! Or – I’d want another shoulder plane! Or two.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 10-18-2007 01:19 PM

Are going to keep it and use it? collect it and sell it? Put it on a shelf and look at it? If you want to keep it and use it, make it work. It’s a tool and if a tool doesn’t work it is a decorator item.(not a very good one either) I’ve got $40 in a #75 that is useless. I bought it long ago before I learned. It resides proudly on my racks to remind me that I’m not always very smart.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 10-19-2007 07:26 AM

Sound advice fellas. The sole is fine but does merit a check with a straight edge. It’s a worker. It was just a bonus that it was that old. This said, the iron was either never ground right or messed up by a previous owner. I think it was the previous.

I think we all agree it’s gotta be flat. I will do what is necessary. I’ll just be careful not to flake the finish on the sides of the body if I do lap it. Start with emery paper on granite and move on from there. Thanks for the input.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#5 posted 10-19-2007 03:39 PM

Ever notice how every industry and hobby have their own language? How about this for You Might Be A LumberJock: You don’t think twice when someone says they are going to lap the sole of their shoulder plane.

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#6 posted 10-19-2007 03:41 PM

So true Peter.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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