|Forum topic by Marc5||posted 04-10-2009 11:50 AM||1172 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
04-10-2009 11:50 AM
I finally purchased a Type 3 Bedrock #8 Jointer on Ebay. It is in good shape and I intend on using it as I do with all of my tools. I checked the sole of the plane with a straight edge and found it had bit of a camber, mostly from the handle towards the tail.
I began lapping the plane with about a 1/32” to remove. Using the bed of my table saw in lieu of my lapping plate to flatten the sole I worked on it for about a hour with 80 grit paper and still have a ways to go. Based on my past experience, it appears to me this could be a 4 – 6 hour process to achieve a flat and smooth sole. Quite frankly I’d rather be making saw dust than metal shavings. I believe a bit of a camber is better than the opposite (convex) and this leads to my questions.
Will a small amount of camber in the sole of such a large plane affect the performance? Has anyone used a machine shop as part of a plane tune up? Any tips to speed up the process is appreciated.