Cheap hong Kong style planer

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Forum topic by jimig11 posted 03-17-2013 02:27 AM 1081 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-17-2013 02:27 AM

Hi all, virgin poster here, long time lurker lol. So I broke the cardinal rule and went with a cheap sonoma hong kong style jack plane and you guessed it, I have no idea how to set it up. I have assembled everything and tried my hand at honing the blade but it just seems to gouge and jam. Being a wooden plane there is not a lot of help out there to set it up. Does anyone have any advice for setting one up? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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#1 posted 03-17-2013 02:43 PM

It sounds like your blade is set too far out. Try this until you get used to it. Clamp the plane body down to your bench top, drop in your iron and tap in the wedge. You should be flush now, no projection and no cut. Now lightly tap the back of the iron and test. If your cut is too deep, strike the back of the plane with a hammer. Not too hard but give it a whack. The blade should retreat a little. Sight along the plane bottom from the front while doing these things. You should see a glimmer of cutting edge come up. If the blade is not parallel to the sole tap the side of the iron to correct. Using these tools takes some practice but they can perform beautifully.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#2 posted 03-17-2013 05:52 PM

You don’t need any more info than that (from Gene).


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#3 posted 03-17-2013 06:11 PM

Here is a demonstration for you. This guys shows you all you need to do. This is a visual just as Gene explained it. Good Luck!

-- Mike

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