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11-12-2013 03:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router plane restore old plane iron plane refurbishing question

I found them in a box of old tools I bought for a few dollars.

If there are, are they worth restoring. I would like to build a router plane.

Thank you

-- Jacob


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#1 posted 11-12-2013 03:53 PM

They certainly look like router plane irons but the shaft is a little odd to me. Is it tapered? The one I have is either an octagon or a hexagon in shape.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 11-12-2013 06:35 PM

To my best understanding(non-english speaker) they´re not tapered!
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/tapered

Do you have an idea how i sharpen the topside of the iron? I figure it will be very hard to get a proper edge?

Jacob

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#3 posted 11-12-2013 07:52 PM

To my best understanding(non-english speaker) they´re not tapered!
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/tapered

Do you have an idea how i sharpen the topside of the iron? I figure it will be very hard to get a proper edge?

Jacob

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#4 posted 11-12-2013 07:56 PM

The way that I have sharpened them is using a back and forth motion across the bevel of the iron on various grits of sandpaper.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#5 posted 11-14-2013 09:13 PM

Thank you for the answers.

I´ll probably scrap the small one for now.
The only issue with sharpening the big one is, that the topside is rounded by repeatedly (bad?) sharpening. Im not sure if I can flatten it properly and in the proper angle.

I´ll give it a try, but I have never used a plane like this before:-)

-- Jacob

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#6 posted 11-14-2013 09:31 PM

One of the irons I have for my router plane is chipped off at some odd ball angle but I sharpened it the best I could and surprisingly it works pretty well. You technically only need to sharpen the leading edge of the iron and I think the angle is mostly arbitrary. Id say give it a shot and see what happens.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#7 posted 11-15-2013 01:50 PM

You can make yourself a jig by putting a slot in a scrap piece of wood then putting the iron in that, lining it up on the sharpening surface, then sliding that back and forth along the edge of your workbench or whatever your sharpening surface is mounted to. Depending on how much time you spend on your jig you’ll still have to hold it vertically but it’ll give you a longer length to reference against and hold.

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#8 posted 11-15-2013 03:17 PM

topside is rounded by repeatedly (bad?) sharpening

That’s not necessarily bad sharping, its actually a technique used by some. All you need is a flat spot on the business end. Work the rest out with each additional sharpening.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#9 posted 11-15-2013 04:07 PM

I was thinking he meant curved the other way, from side to side. Can’t see because of the shadow in the top picture. But yeah, flat at the front is all you need.

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#10 posted 11-15-2013 05:36 PM

I was going to offer to grind it for you, but seeing you’re from Australia, shipping would be more than a new one.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#11 posted 11-15-2013 06:57 PM

Thanks guys!

Austria, not Australia ;-)

-- Jacob

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#12 posted 11-15-2013 07:21 PM

close in the dictionary anyhow :-)

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#13 posted 11-16-2013 03:59 AM

One method

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bnKilchdnk

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