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Forum topic by Walnut_Weasel posted 08-23-2009 04:16 PM 810 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Walnut_Weasel

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08-23-2009 04:16 PM

Perhaps this is not the forum to post this on but I need to vent!!!

I have spent a bit over 2 hours now working on taking the iron that came in the Groz plane that I bought and trying to get it square and flat. $#%!!

Now granted I knew there was going to be a fair amount of work when buying a low grade tool but I did not realize how UN-flat something that was ground on a machine could be. There is a large low spot on the non-bevel side the size of a dime that must be 0.01” deep and it is directly behind the cutting edge so I really need to get it worked out. I did a fair amount of machining when I was younger and I don’t know how anyone that was paying attention could screw up a “flat” surface so badly…this is terrible craftsmanship IMO. I am doing this all by hand of course…if I could afford a powered sharpener I would have bought a plane of a bit higher quality. I am sharpening with the granite slab and sand paper method. I started with 100 grit then dropped back to 80 for awhile until I was able to at least get the “divot” back away from the cutting edge a bit, then worked my way back to 220. Now this “divot” is just making me even more aggravated because the surface is starting to get a nice shine as I am finally starting to approach a mirror finish but this big ugly spot is staring back at me. I guess it will just have to do for now! I can’t wait to see what kind of shape the bottom of the plane is in… mutter

-- James - www.walnutweasel.wordpress.com


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#1 posted 08-23-2009 04:29 PM

sorry to have to say it but groz planes suck, for what you spent on it you could have gotten a nice stanley off of ebay.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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#2 posted 08-23-2009 05:07 PM

We have all been there with our bargin tools

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Walnut_Weasel

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#3 posted 08-23-2009 09:28 PM

Well after giving it a break for awhile I went back at it. I finally got the sucker sharp enough to shave the hair on my arms with…God knows there is plenty of it to test on! Now to get the bottom of the plane all leveled out.

By the way, what can I use to easily remove the shipping oil with? Preferably something OTHER than gasoline.

-- James - www.walnutweasel.wordpress.com

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#4 posted 08-23-2009 09:46 PM

simple green works well for removing packing oil.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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#5 posted 08-24-2009 09:53 PM

Call Ron Hock or go to Woodcraft and get a Hock replacement blade. No worry about them being square & flat. These blades are terrific.

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#6 posted 08-26-2009 02:09 AM

Roper,

Thanks for the advice. Simple Green worked great. I had forgotten all about it. Great stuff.

-- James - www.walnutweasel.wordpress.com

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