1/64th rabbet sole gouge

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Forum topic by Shiants posted 03-21-2017 02:37 PM 420 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-21-2017 02:37 PM

I bought a No. 78 rabbet/filister jobby with some minor scratches and a 1/64th gouge that extends about one inch along edge. The sole is 1.5×8.5. I got the scratches out with glass and 50 grit in about an hour. But is a 1/64th gouge a hopeless task? If I can get it out, I won’t mind climbing up the grit ladder. I assume a rabbet plane sole should be as flat as any plane sole.

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#1 posted 03-21-2017 03:17 PM

Am I right to assume the gouge is on the sole of the plane? As long as the edges of that gouge aren’t sharp and causing marks on your workpiece then it probably doesn’t matter at all. There is plenty of other area to register the plane against, a gouge won’t affect anything.

Also, unless you have the skills to machine the sole square to the sides then you’ll likely make it worse trying to take the gouge out. 78’s weren’t really machined perfectly square anyway, but if they are you can use one like a rough shoulder plane.

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#2 posted 03-21-2017 03:39 PM

Also, if you think about time invested, picking up another blade on eBay may be more cost effective if it is causing issues.

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#3 posted 03-21-2017 06:58 PM

I would fill the gouge with epoxy (JB weld) and fife it smooth to the surface.

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