|Forum topic by Beeguy||posted 1337 days ago||1142 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
1337 days ago
I just finished cleaning up a Bailey #4 I bought on Ebay. Before I started I read a lot (here and elsewhere) on the process. I have been wanting to do this for a while but, quite frankly, I was put off by all the work some of these authors described.
The plane was not in bad shape. As I was working on the sole for over an hour I found this was a good time for thinking. Some writers spoke of finishes on the sole that reflect like a mirror. I have to admit, I am not a purest with regards to hand tools but I do like to use them. As I went through the process I started to think how good is good enough. At the end I want a plane that works for me. When I was finished, I tested it. I was quite happy with the results. I am sure others would say I could have gone further in the lapping of the sole, although I am very satisifed with the performance of the tool. I have never used a high end plane so I have no reference to compare. I guess a lot depends on what you will be using the tool on and the end results you need.
When it comes to a new or used gun, it has to be sighted in. Some guys will sit at the range and keep working their rifle until they can cover 3 shots with a quarter at 100 yds., and they really enjoy doing that. I prefer to sight it in and then shoot “real world” at objects (cookies, crackers, plastic bottles before they get recycled) that move when you hit them. The bottom line is if the cookie breaks I am having fun and happy (so are the birds) and that is good enough for me. I have the most fun shooting reproduction flintlock blackpowder rifles. The variables are huge which is what makes it enjoyable.
So same goes for the hand planes. If I am happy with the results and the work looks good, I am ok with that. Others may go further and that is good too. The point of this is not to shy away because it seems like too much effort. I have to admit I enjoyed doing this but had to push myself a little to keep from quitting too soon.
I would be interested in your thoughts as what you think is “good enough”, or a step better, or if you prefer what do you consider perfection.
-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."