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Forum topic by Troy Cleckler posted 10-20-2014 12:19 AM 585 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Troy Cleckler

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10-20-2014 12:19 AM

I bought this plane a few years ago, took it apart and that’s as far as I got, till now. In the process of getting things together to build my first real bench and started looking and reading about hand tools. I remembered I had this one put back and started cleaning it up and have a couple of questions. The iron has a curve in it at the upper end, pretty sure it isn’t supposed to. Can it be cleaned up and straightened or should I look at buying a new one? Also the chip breaker has a good amount of rust. Would it be ok to just clean the rust off or does it seem to be too bad?
Thanks for any help. For some reason I can’t get the whole pic of the iron uploaded here. Seems it compresses it or something. Look at the second pic and it seems straight till it gets just past what the pic shows and the tail end is off table about a 32” of an inch.

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....


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#1 posted 10-20-2014 12:26 AM

it can be straighten. Just bend it back into shape.

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

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#2 posted 10-20-2014 12:31 AM

Wasn’t sure how hard it is. Suggestions on how?

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....

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#3 posted 10-20-2014 12:34 AM

You can just put it in a vise and use your hands to push it slightly past straight. It will spring back a small amount. It should straighten very easy, they are not hard. Just go a little at a time.

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

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