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Forum topic by Guss posted 11-29-2011 06:28 PM 2597 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Guss

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11-29-2011 06:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plane sharpening tip question

I just bought some cheep hand planes. I got a low angle block plane a #5 Jack Plane and a #4 Smooth Plane. I was wondering what you guys do for tune up? what to check for? how to go about it


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PurpLev

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#1 posted 11-29-2011 06:40 PM

at the risk of sounding like an advocate you should check out this book:
http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/600
it’ll give you a good base and knowledge far beyond regarding what to check for and how to tune them such that you would end up using them better and appreciate them more.

sorry, but the question presented to me seems so vast and suggests there may be more to it than just the obvious… so any short answer would be short-coming in my opinion.

congrats on the find, and enjoy

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Bill White

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#2 posted 11-29-2011 06:40 PM

What did ya buy? Brand, old, rusty, beat up?
As soonas we have this info, we can spend the next three days tellin’ ya that you’re gonna investch more on solvents, sharpening equip., straight edges.
After that, somebody will tell ya to practice on the junkers then buy quality planes.
I have a bunch of old Stanleys that have served we well after I spent some time tuning ‘em up.
Let us hear from you. Add pics too.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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Don W

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#3 posted 11-29-2011 08:09 PM

If its a complete restore if not just do all the parts except the restore pieces.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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chrisstef

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#4 posted 11-29-2011 08:13 PM

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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Guss

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#5 posted 11-29-2011 09:29 PM

I bought some new Groz planes that i found at wood craft on clearance. I dont plan on using them much but i want them to preform as well as they can. they may not be the best but i figured for learning they would do good. here are the ones that I got
http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2005338/10878/Groz-Low-Angle-Block-Plane.aspx
http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2005276/10698/GROZ-Bench-Plane-5-Jack-14.aspx
http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2005276/10697/GROZ-Bench-Plane-4-Smooth-10.aspx
I can upload pictures of them if that helps

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Don W

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#6 posted 11-29-2011 09:39 PM

You’ll want to flatten the sole(or verify its flat, probably note even close), flatten the back of the iron, sharpen, insure frog contact with base, adjust frog, wax sole, verify cap iron has good contact with iron. Take very fine shavings and post LJ project to validate :-)

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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chrisstef

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#7 posted 11-29-2011 10:01 PM

I tell ya Ive got a #5 Groz that works darn well. It took a few hours to get it tuned up but with a bit of work you can make it do what its supposed to.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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JohnnyB

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#8 posted 11-30-2011 07:23 AM

I recommend The Handplane Book by Garrett Hack and Restoring, Tuning, and Using Classic Woodworking Tools by Michael Dunbar. Both books will answer your questions and give you much more information.

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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