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Forum topic by Axle505 posted 07-09-2016 07:08 PM 768 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-09-2016 07:08 PM

I’m doing it now—4th day. LOL!


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#1 posted 07-09-2016 08:46 PM

How are ya doing it, and what are ya using?
Jointers don’t have to be machine shop flat.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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#2 posted 07-09-2016 09:29 PM

Using a big thick piece of glass with spray-glued sandpaper. I’m almost done. I won’t need to go to the gym tonight. :)

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#3 posted 07-10-2016 12:52 AM



How are ya doing it, and what are ya using?
Jointers don t have to be machine shop flat.
Bill
- Bill White

+10 on that. Even a No. 6, for that matter.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 07-10-2016 01:23 PM

Must be using too fine of grit. Use 50-60 grit till flat as desired, then up to 120 to smooth it up, wax, ready to work.

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#5 posted 07-10-2016 07:38 PM

Right—thought I would’ve been done yesterday. Will get a larger grit today.

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#6 posted 07-16-2016 12:30 AM

Please people don’t sand for hours and hours at high grits. Like OSU said, do the lowest you can find until you get the shape you want, in this case flat.

Personally I prefer a coarse file for flattening plane soles that are way out. Seems to take off material faster. Belt sander also works if they are way out, but can cause damage.

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#7 posted 07-16-2016 03:25 AM

I took a class on plane building a year ago. Since then, plane restoration has been pretty addictive. What my prof said was that both front and back ends of the sole, and the area around the mouth need only be flat. This being said, however—on some planes—it takes making the sole almost entirely flat for this to occur. And, people just go ahead and flatten the rest in the process. I have flattened the entire sole of my No. 7.

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#8 posted 07-18-2016 01:42 AM

Just finished it today!

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#9 posted 07-21-2016 11:00 PM

Beautiful job !! Axle

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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#10 posted 07-21-2016 11:20 PM

Thank you—hard work pays off!

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#11 posted 07-22-2016 04:58 AM

some notaable folks laugh at the flat sole rhikenologists, and I tend to agree that there are limits to the rationality of achieving perfect flatness.

Today I put a 151spokeshave blade on my hair clipper sharpener, and was astounded at how out of flat the blade was, then I did the sole of the spokeshave, and it was worse.

Moral of the story?...well a fella may laugh at the ocd of the flat sole society, but it never hurts to check!!!

Eric

-- Real_cowtown_eric

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#12 posted 07-22-2016 05:24 AM

They can laugh all they want—I still have a flat plane!

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