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Forum topic by andrewsco posted 12-12-2016 08:54 PM 1062 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-12-2016 08:54 PM

I fairly recently bought myself a handled screw stem plough plane and am in the process of trying to get it working. For the most part it seems in fairly good shape – one of the screws is a little tight but it does move ok.

I wondered if anyone knows of or can remember if there has been any good forum posts, tutorials or videos on getting the tool tuned up? I’d really like to get this tool back to working in the shop but this type of plane is fairly new to me.


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#1 posted 12-12-2016 10:14 PM

Pics?

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee

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#2 posted 12-12-2016 11:10 PM

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#3 posted 12-12-2016 11:10 PM

I actually own 2 so here they both are!

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#4 posted 12-14-2016 12:30 AM

Sharpen and use it.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 12-14-2016 04:55 AM



Sharpen and use it.

- Don W


I would second what Don said those planes look very clean. If you have any caked in dirt and grime on the wood, give those spots a very light scrub with a piece of fine steel wool soaked in linseed oil, then immediately wipe off. Repeat if necessary, remember to put anything with linseed oil on it in water, it can spontaneously combust. if you have some active rust on the skates, use a little bit of Sassafras Simple Green and a scouring pad or steel wool to remove active rust and keep patina (if keeping patina is something you want). Be more careful with the steel wool though, its more abrasive than the scouring pad, and it can remove patina faster.

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee

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#6 posted 12-15-2016 09:01 PM

Guys,

I probably wasn’t clear in my first post – from a cosmetic point of view I am not planning on doing anything to these planes – I love the old patina. My question was more related to tips on how to get the best out of a screw stemmed plane as I have not used one before. I am thinking a video similar to the Paul sellers tuning up a Stanley no.4 or something to that affect. Any ideas?

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#7 posted 12-15-2016 09:37 PM

https://paulsellers.com/2014/01/plough-planes-ploughing-just-thoughts/

You don’t need to tune a plow plane like you would a smoother. If you do an internet search on plow plane (or plough planes) you’ll find how to use them, but it’s pretty rudimentary.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#8 posted 12-22-2016 08:24 PM

Make sure you’re depth stop is operating smoothly. Make sure the skate is flat/coplaner across the mouth. Often, the front or back of the skate will dip down, making it more difficult to use the plane. If not adjustable with the screws, then you can file it.

My plow plane shows almost zero wear on it in 170 years due to an improperly installed skate that was never corrected. I think every previous owner must not have known how they actually work correctly, and the tool sat on a shelf. I corrected it, and the tool works perfectly, and is (remarkably) in like-new condition.

Another potential rough spot is where the ramp on the wedge meets the blind side of the throat. Make sure it’s tight against the wood. Any gaps can cause jamming of shavings. Pain the but if you’re constantly taking the plane apart to clear shavings. If it’s really bad, easy enough to make a new wedge with a sharp ramp.

As stated by Don W, sharpen it and use it. If it works, don’t mess with success.

-- Jeff Heath

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