flattening a wooden try plane

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Forum topic by 12strings posted 08-14-2012 02:07 PM 1132 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-14-2012 02:07 PM

What are my options for truing up the sole of an old wooden Try Plane? It is 22” long. I do not have a power jointer or a Longer jointer plane. I do have a No. 5 jack plane. Can I clamp the woodie in a vise and use the jack to flatten it…or would sandpaper on granite be better?


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#1 posted 08-14-2012 06:39 PM

If you have the granite I would go that way. Especially considering that it is a woodie and would go really fast. I have had success using the top of my table saw and some sandpaper to smooth out some wood planes.

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#2 posted 08-14-2012 08:15 PM

If concerned with making the mouth to wide, consider thicker blade, or add insert before flattening.

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#3 posted 08-14-2012 09:23 PM

I agree the jack will probably make it worse. sandpaper on granite would be better in my opinion to.

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#4 posted 08-14-2012 10:58 PM

Get a 6” wide x 48” belt sander belt and cut it. You can
glue it to anything flat. A piece of granite works but a
flat piece of MDF or melamine will do. 1.5 belts makes you
a 24”x18” sanding board, which is more useful than you’d
think for woodworking. Aside from truing wooden planes
you can flatten box rims in a jiffy with it. They are useful
for building acoustic guitars, which is how I picked up the

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#5 posted 08-16-2012 11:09 PM

Do not forget, to install iron & wedge, while flattening to maintain proper torque.

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