|Forum topic by Scott R. Turner||posted 720 days ago||1747 views||3 times favorited||9 replies|
720 days ago
I recently purchased this wooden moving fillister plane made by John Bell of Philadelphia around 1840-50:
It’s a beautiful piece of work and tempts me to become a collector, but I’m intending to use it in the shop. I spent quite a bit of time over the weekend flattening the iron and honing the edge. It’s fairly sharp now, although I’m not terribly proficient at honing by hand. (It has a skew blade, so I wasn’t able use my honing jig.)
This is my first wooden hand plane, and the setup seems terribly fussy—although I’m sure most of that is just my inexperience. Eventually I was fairly successful by removing the fence, putting the plane down on a board and setting the plane so that the cutting edge was just resting on the board and the outside of the iron was even with the edge of the plane. I put the wedge in and then tapped out the iron just a hair. That gave me a fairly even setting across the blade and after I put the fence back on I was able to cut a fair rabbet. It’s a little bit of a challenge to keep the rabbet totally square and consistent, but again this might be operator error.
I’m wondering what I should do to tune/restore the plane to improve its working condition. The fence seems to be in fairly rough condition to me:
Is it advisable/worthwhile to clean up the edge of the fence? And if so, would flattening it with a #5 be a good approach? Or use a jointer?
Eyeballing with a straightedge, the sole looked flat. Would it be a good idea to flatten that?
The rest of the plane is in fairly good shape, but I’m open to any suggestions. And if anyone can point me to a good online source on tuning a fillister plane I’d be delighted—my various Google searches didn’t turn up much.