Flattening a plane's sole

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Forum topic by BJODay posted 517 days ago 521 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I received some advice in an earlier post to use a plane to flatten out some joined boards. Before doing this I thought I would dress up my cheap knock-off plane that I purchased 3 yrs ago.

I followed the method used by Paul Sellers’ You-tube video. Starting with 220 grit paper on a sheet of glass. Much to my surprise, soon after starting some high spots smoothed out very nicely. But this just exaggerated how poorly the rest of the sole looked. I have invested 4 hours of flattening the plane and I’m almost done. In hind-sight I wish I would have purchased a better plane. The next time I will know what to look for. On the plus side, it will be a much better tool when I’m finished. I guess I can take pride in that.


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#1 posted 517 days ago

Think vintage

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#2 posted 517 days ago

Planes are definitely a tool where buying cheap is a bad idea. A cheap plane is really nothing but a PITA. If you plan on doing any serious handwork, get yourself something at least as good as say a Lee Valley plane. You won’t regret it.

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#3 posted 517 days ago

Maybe one of these would have helped?

Use it on any plane I get in. Grit starts at 120.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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