|Forum topic by jayman7||posted 09-30-2010 03:11 AM||849 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
09-30-2010 03:11 AM
The club of making fine, fine shavings from a hand plane that is.
I had a old Stanley contractor’s bench plane that you can tell is pretty cheaply made. The lateral adjuster hardly moved the blade, frog was far from solid, the knob/handle was plastic, and the adjustment knob was plastic too. That still didn’t stop me from trying to tune it up whenever i got around to it over the past year or so. But no matter what I did, that thing would gouge out the wood and never worked right. I thought I was out of my league.
I’ve been pretty jealous of watching woodworkers online effortlessly make gossamer thin shavings, so I made it a mission for myself to be able to do it too.
I decided to buy a much higher quality plane off ebay, so I won a Miller’s Fall No. 14 jack plane that looks like it was made a while ago (back when the good stuff was made). It definitely needed some tuning up in some places but the difference in quality was enormous. The thing was built solidly and the plane iron was about 10% thicker than my old crappy plane. I ran through the same process I did for the other plane. I spent a bunch of hours over a weekend flattening the back of the iron, the sole of the plane, and the frog. I polished up the chipbreaker, honed the blade to 6000 grit, and waxed the sole.
Then I put everything back together and planed a piece of figured maple I had laying around. I heard the swish of the blade and some decently thin shavings came out. I messed with the lateral adjuster and retracted the blade some, and bam! These long, continuous, and 0.001” thin shavings came out and I kept on going because it was so much fun! The surface it left behind was smooth as silk. So this is what everyone is always talking about!
I admit I’m more of a power tool guy so I’ll most likely be using my jointer and random orbit sander for surfacing a piece of wood, but at least I know I have a plane that performs like a champ! Not bad for a total of $22 (plus a few sheets of sandpaper). I might use it in a shooting board if i feel like jointing the side of the plane.