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Forum topic by WoodChuck84 posted 05-31-2012 11:41 PM 945 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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WoodChuck84

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05-31-2012 11:41 PM

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Any tips on restoring a 78?

I’ve got all of the parts (including a modern made fence and depth stop)

The main issue is that I’m having a devil of a time getting everything squared.

-- Hello, my name is Jarrod and I am a woodaholic.


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#1 posted 05-31-2012 11:58 PM

I havent given my #78 any test runs yet but i flattened the sole on 220 grit sandpaper on glass then to 320. I did the same to the depth stop, adjutable fence and the irons cap (which had factory black paint on it). I sharpened the iron and also learrned along the way that the bevel angle doesnt matter because its a bevel down plane (thanks HOYD thread). I sharpened the iron to 25 degrees. I just finished up the other night and havent put it through any runs yet. unfortunately.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#2 posted 06-01-2012 12:28 AM

How do you flatten the sole while maintaining the 90 degree angle relative the the side?

-- Hello, my name is Jarrod and I am a woodaholic.

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#3 posted 06-01-2012 12:33 AM

I havent flattened the side of the plane just the sole but youre right the side of the plane will need to be flat as well for you to get a crisp 90 rabbet. Id treat it like anything else and lap it with some 220 grit on glass. Id keep a good square close by to check for 90. I almost forgot to take the nicker out when you flatten the bottom, that would be no good.

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