Any tips on what to do with this transitional jointer plane?

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Forum topic by ppg677 posted 03-06-2016 02:32 AM 714 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-06-2016 02:32 AM

I’m still a newbie to hand planes in general. I picked up this jointer plane from my local Craigslist (I paid $35…perhaps I paid a bit too much).

The mechanicals seem to work fine. The blade looks like it will sharpen up. I’m hoping it can be restored and tuned up for jointer use, though for all I know I bought a $35 paper weight.

Any tips? I read somewhere that running the wood through a power jointer (at only 1/32” or less) is the way to go. I don’t have a power jointer, but perhaps I can convince my local Woodcraft store to do this for me as they have one in their classroom.

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#1 posted 03-06-2016 02:38 AM

Burn it as a heretic:)

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#2 posted 03-06-2016 02:43 AM

Unless it’s really out of flat, I’d tune it up, sharpen it up and use it and not worry about running through a jointer. Transitionals can be very good users once tuned. Some people prefer them due to lighter weight.

A complete jointer with the wood in that good of shape is easily worth the $35 investment. Good pick up.

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#3 posted 03-06-2016 02:47 AM

First, back the blade back into the plane. Then take a good straightedge, and check the sole for flat. I used a framing square to check mine.

You can, IF needed, stretch out a sanding belt on a flat surface. Mark a bunch of black Sharpie lines across the sole. Rub the fully assembled plane back and forth along the belt. Make sure the cutter is retracted back up into the plane. Sand until the lines are gone. Do not worry is the lines are still along the edges.

Then just sharpen the iron, tune the chipbreaker to it, and set the two together and make a few shavings.

Plane looks good from here..

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#4 posted 03-06-2016 09:06 AM

It looks in good condition. Before you plane or sand the sole, just try it out. It may be fine as is. If you lap the sole you will open the mouth. As a newby, you are more likely to destroy a good plane than make it work better.

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#5 posted 03-07-2016 12:29 PM

Make it look pretty and put it on a shelf…...;-)

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