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JamieH

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11-11-2010 05:09 AM

Topic tags/keywords: pine plane

Am I a dork to be so excited? Picked up three vintage planes last month locally. I’m a beginner, these are my first handplanes. Decided to break down the Bailey No. 4 this week to go over it, see how they go together, and attempt to sharpen the blade (my first sharpening of any sort) for the first time. Took it apart, and noticed the japanning was in really nice shape. Decided to leave that alone, and try to lap the sole. Bought a few tiles of marble at the local big box, taped some 80 and 220 paper on them, and got going. Using a straight edge, its seems the sole in front of the mouth is flat, maybe a small hollow in the center behind the mouth. I tried to sharpen the blade with the same paper. Didn’t notice the burl of metal I had been reading about on the back side of the blade. Maybe I didn’t do it long enough. I went back and forth and got the blade decidedly sharper than before. I realize I need more and higher grits to get a sharper edge. Just a matter of purchasing some. I oiled up all the bolts, put it back together, and clamped a piece of pine (already surfaced from the store I got it from) on my sawhorse (don’t have a bench yet). At first the blade was sticking out of the plane too much and I was just hacking at the wood. Once I placed the blade back into the sole some…whaddya know! Shavings!! I got so excited, called my wife out. I think she understood. I picked up a handplane book this week, and placed an order at lie nielsen and lee valley this week for more handtools. I am HOOKED!


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Marc5

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#1 posted 11-11-2010 05:34 AM

There is nothing like the sound a plane makes as it makes its way down the board. I am glad you got a plane book, it is a good first step. Clean your plane good make sure your frog is tight and it is seated properly. You do not need to get crazy with sole flatness. It needs to be flat but not necessarily perfect and based on your description it seems to be OK. The area between the blade and the back of the sole can have a hollow and perform just fine. Since you are using sand paper I would strongly recommend you get a a honing guide for your blades and 320, 600, 1500 grit wet / dry sand paper with and do the “scary sharp” sharpening method. There are plenty of videos on this to watch and with a little practice you will have down to a science. Nothing wrong with being hooked especially when you are picking up old tools that are doing nothing more than collect dust.

Have fun I do every day.

-- Marc

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Moron

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#2 posted 11-11-2010 05:44 AM

a crisp smell indeed

loved by all

as sweet as a flower

as addictive as love itself

pungent

powerful

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Moron

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#3 posted 11-11-2010 07:08 AM

and it only gets better

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 11-11-2010 07:27 AM

Now all you need is the secret handshake ;-)

-- chas -- looking for Serta sponsorship to go Pro...

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SouthpawCA

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#5 posted 11-11-2010 07:52 AM

Yep. you’re hooked. Don’t do what I did the first time I got super thin shavings which was to plane the board way past where I was suppose to stop.

-- Don

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marker

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#6 posted 11-11-2010 08:00 AM

Hey, I don’t care what “they” say, I too am very excited. And I am also envious too.

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 11-11-2010 08:18 AM

Nice feeling, nice smell…........... NICE

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Don

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#8 posted 11-11-2010 09:15 AM

All real lumberjocks get excited over stuff like this. :)

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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