|Forum topic by DrPuk2U||posted 04-20-2014 05:14 PM||712 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
04-20-2014 05:14 PM
Long ago I came into possession of an old (but not classic) Stanley #5. Says Stanley #5 but there are no patent numbers or anything. I think my father bought it for some purpose. No idea why – he was a wonderful man but had two left hands when it came to tools. Anyway, this plane has been kicking around in my toolbox for 30 years or more, slowly getting rustier. Recently, I decided to refurbish it and try hand flattening some shelves (5/4) and seat (6/4) of a hall bench I am making.
So I took it all apart and soaked all the parts in Evaporust for a couple days and that did take most of the rust off. Then I read that a good way to flatten the sole is to glue some sandpaper to glass or stone that is flat and rub it till it is flat. Before I started it was NOT flat, it would rock very slightly on my table-saw’s top. So I got a piece of milled granite scrap from a local counter-top place ($25 for a piece 24×15x2”, milled perfectly flat and smooth.
I sprayed adhesive (3M 77) on the granite and laid two sheets of 60 grade sandpaper on it perfectly flat and started sliding it back and forth. And back and forth and back and forth. After the better part of an hour (and many vacuumings of the paper) the sole is flat in the sense it no longer rocks in the slightest on the saw’s top.
However, I marked the bottom with a sharpie before starting and one can faintly see a few marks in the very center of the sole – like it has the shallowest of declivities there. Not near the mouth though. Also, right at the very toe there is an area about a 3/16” that is untouched.
Here are some photos
This is #5 that I will be using to flatten boards. I have a Lie-Nielsen #4 for smoothing so this plane doesn’t have to be perfect. Is it worth trying to get it flatter? I don’t think so but am I being lazy?
-- Ric, Northern Illinois, "Design thrice, measure twice, cut once... slap forehead, start over"