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02-20-2013 05:15 AM

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Does anybody know of any free videos on hand plane restoreation. I have three old hand planes
that I received from a master carpenter who died many years ago. They are all metal except for
the wood handles and front knob, but after playing with them, the frog doesn’t seem to set right
and the plane blade, no matter how sharp, does not seem to make a straight full shaving.
The depth adjustment seems to vary as I plane down the piece of wood, any help on finding a
good free video on hand plane restoreation would be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 02-20-2013 05:25 AM

Start reading here – there is a wealth of knowledge available on the thread.

And look at DonW’s blog series about hand plane restoration.

-- "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

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#2 posted 02-20-2013 01:41 PM

it’s not the full picture, but FWW put this video up on tuning a hand plane

-- Ben, England.

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#3 posted 02-20-2013 03:27 PM

I don’t have a video, but if you’re near Albany, NY you’re welcome to bring the planes by and I’d be happy to help you. I’ve rehabbed a couple of planes

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#4 posted 02-20-2013 04:13 PM

Ok, usually there MIGHt be something lodged under the frog, keeping it from settling down into it’s proper spot. Also, after you remove the frog to clean under, watch where the frog bolts back on to the base. On the base near the opening ( called the mouth) there is usually a short ramp-like area. make sure the flat face of the frog aligns with this ramp. As you tighten the bolts down, make sure the frog seats squarely to the mouth.

Settings moving? It would be the fault of that bolt holding the lever cap in place. Too loose, and things will move around on their own. Too tight, and either you can’t make adjustments, or the lever cap won’t snap in place.

How far back is the chip breaker’s edge from the iron’s edge? Try setting it at about 1mm apart. Should just be able to see a silvery line. How does the two fit together? Is there a gap between the iron and the chipbreaker’s edges? A little grinding to make the Chipbreaker sit with out any gaps on the iron.

How does the edge of the iron look? Is the corners square to the rest of the edge? Some will “dub” the corners a bit, to get rid of the “tracks” the corner tend to leave.

Try the above tips, and see what happens.

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#5 posted 02-20-2013 04:18 PM

you are in the right place at there is not need to look further.
1.Take pictures and bring all them here. We can advise what to do.

If you still want to see videos, Youtube has lots of the, your serch for “plane tunning”

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#6 posted 02-20-2013 04:24 PM

Maybe you could post some pictures? you find plenty of help here.

Besides the blog posted above, look at these 2 as well.

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