|Forum topic by Tenfingers58||posted 376 days ago||643 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
376 days ago
A friend gave me a handplane that was his fathers. It was in sad shape. Rust , dirt and so on. I would like to get it working again if it’s worthwhile.
The plane is a Craftsman. The base is about 10 inches long and 2 3/8 inches wide. The blade is just shy of two inches wide.
I disassembled it and derusted the parts with electrolosis, then cleaned the base and sides with emery paper glued to a flat piece of plate steel.
Everything seems to work now with one exception. You would need to warm the blade with a torch to cut butter.
The bevel is not straight and it has a convex grind. I’m guessing many “sharpenings” by an unguided hand.
I sharpen my chiseles with sandpaper and emery paper using a jig. To sand this iron to a straight and flat bevel would take a large amount of time/paper. Is there a better way? I really don’t want to invest in a power tool that I will only use once. Sandpaper keeps my chisles sharp and I don’t mind the time it takes to keep them that way.
I wonder if it would be worth the time for a Caftsman plane iron? I have no idea of the age or quality of the tool. Should I just go for it and hope for the best? Since I am new to hand planes How do I know if I’m doing it right?
I haven’t used a handplane since seventh grade (around 40 years ago).
What angle should I sharpen it at? The angle of the frog is 45 degrees.
I thank you for your feedback