|Forum topic by Nicholas Hall||posted 277 days ago||748 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
277 days ago
I just recently bought a Vaughan and Bushnell 905 bench plane, which is a Stanely Bedrock 605 clone. The trouble is that I haven’t a clue how to fettle it. I have a ton of information on restoring Bailey bench planes, and I even took a class with Roland Johnson from Fine Woodworking Magazine two weeks ago on how to do it, but I don’t know a thing about restoring a Bedrock. The primary difference between the Bedrock design and the Bailey design is the frog. As a result, I’m primarily interested in info on how to get the frog properly ground and seated. There is a whole lotta metal down there compared to my Bailely’s, and I’m guessing there is a different approach to polishing it so that the frog seats properly. I’m leery of tossing valve grinding compound on the bottom of the frog and sliding it back and forth in the plane body, ala Roland Johnson’s Stanley Bailey restoration method, because I’m not sure this is appropriate for bedrocks.
I’ve spent 4hrs searching the internet generally, and lumberjocks in particular on “Bedrock Plane Restoration” and “Bedrock Plane Tuning”, but all that I’ve wound up with are links to people’s pictures of the planes they’ve restored, but nothing on how to get the frog seated. Can anyone point me in the right direction with a link or two? This will be a pure user, so I’m not interested in aesthetics, just how to get that vast expanse of gorgeous frog steel properly seated!
Thanks in Advance,
-- “Congratulations. You’ve just figured out the most complicated way to hold a board 30 inches off the floor." Tage Frid