I would like to share my method of refurbishing a traditional moulding plane. This was purchased from eBay for $19.99. I think I got a fair deal for the condition that the plane is in.
traditional wooden moulding plane
Inspection. Break the plane down and inspect the body, wedge and iron. You are looking for bad checks, cracks and general damage on the body. I cover heavy damage on my coffin smoother post. Look at the iron for damage from rust, chips and poor sharpening methods. Look at the wedge for missing parts, damage from metal tools being used to clear the throat.
Refurbishing. Take time and care to return the iron to a useable state. Remove rust, square it back up and sharpen properly. Clean and repair the body being sure to treat the starving wood. Finish as needed.
Reassembly and testing. This is when you get to put your hard work back together and test it out. Testing will tell you if you have missed any thing or the plane has an inherited problem. Most problems are from miss use and pore storage over the years.
And one of the most important things that has cost me the most time. You have to watch out for miss matched parts on planes. People will mix and match to get a whole plane put together for sale. Sometimes the wedge may not be the best fit and the iron is not as wide as it needs to be. I have been bit by this a few times. And most of them you could not tell from the picture offered. Its the risk we take.
In my video I go through the steps of disassemble, iron sharpening, body conditioning, reassembly and then use. I also used Flexcut Slip Strop and I do like it. The gold compound works well.
Pictures say a thousand words so a video should speak millions. This is one of my longer video’s, I hope I don’t loose your attention.
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The Mother load of Planes
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