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Forum topic by 3ForFred posted 09-14-2012 09:36 PM 1298 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-14-2012 09:36 PM

I picked this plane up at a swap meet a few years back. Now, thanks to fellow Lumberjock Deycart, I have all the parts I need to begin the resto.

There was a fair amount of rust on the blade and the sole and sides also had their share of rust/patina. I have a piece of granite left over from a kitchen remodel I did several years ago. It’s dead flat and perfect for lapping with a couple of sanding belts glued down to it.

I was able to clean the rust from the blade and re-establish the angle using this method as well. After a trip to the 1000/6000 wetstone it’s cutting pretty well. I’ll do some more work on it later to really get it dialed in.

Here is where I am so far:

I need to continue to work the sole until I get it dead on (front corner). That’s just going to take some more time and elbow grease. After this is done and I’m comfortable with the results I’ll turn my attention to the rest of my planes (my new obsession) to learn how to use them.

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#1 posted 09-14-2012 09:47 PM

You might want to re-check under the adjustable mouth piece, just to see IF there is something holding that side UP . Looking good, though.

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#2 posted 09-14-2012 09:59 PM

slip sliding away. Its very very addicting!

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#3 posted 09-14-2012 11:13 PM

bandit571 – the plate itself is thinner on one side than the other. I gather this is due to the fact each of these plates was ground to match the plane for which it was made. It had a high spot on one side and a low spot on the other. I was able to get the high spot to match that side so as I continue to lap it won’t interfere with the flatness of the sole.

Don W – it really is and my wife is getting nervous about it. I don’t pass estate sales as much as I used to.

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#4 posted 09-15-2012 12:13 AM

Glad I could help with the parts. Looking good so far. I just ordered the lapping plate from lee valley. Ill let you guys know how it works out.

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