The Jointer Plane

Today, I went down to Puget Sound Coatings and, for an extremely reasonable price, they bead blasted a jointer plane that was given to me recently (thanks Mike!).  I masted all the surfaces that needed to stay flat with Gorilla Tape and they popped it into their cabinet.  These guys were incredibly gracious and I  thanked  them profusely.   This is how it looked … nake-id!

Then  I took it out to the paint booth (the card board box I got out the the Auto Parts shop recycle bin) and put on some gloss engine black.

This is how it looks now.  I’ll be flattening sides and bottom and will sharpen up the blade to see how she runs.  I’ll be turning this into my dedicated jointer so it many not need a replacement blade.

Oh .. and I squeezed in a little work on the work bench too.  More on that tomorrow.

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4 Responses to The Jointer Plane

  1. Super cool result. Well done. If the original blade is in good condition, then a thicker blade isn’t necessarily an improvement on a jointer. You will be taking moderately thick shavings and not the superfine whispies of a smoother. It will probably be fine.
    I am looking forward to seeing the finished plane – they can be fun to use.
    Cheers
    Tom

    • Marilyn says:

      That’s what I’m hopin’ .. to use the original blade that is. As you said, it should do fine, particularly as an edge jointer used to take the ruff to a square edge.

  2. Eric Bushèe says:

    Marilyn,

    Looks great. Unless the bottom is in really rough shape, I might try using it first before attempting to flatten it. There is a lot of metal to remove on a No. 7, and you may end up doing more harm than good (speaking from personal experience). As far as the sides, unless you’re going to use it for shooting I’m not sure I’d worry about them either. As much time, effort, and money I’ve put into my jointer plane, I think I could have bought two Lie Nielsens. But of course what would be the fun in that?

    -Eric

    • Marilyn says:

      Heh! Yes, should come up with a dollar per hour figure and see it all this foolin’ around really makes sense. ;o)

      So good news, the bottom is corrugated and I do like to make things look pretty. So far, I bought some sand paper and had to come up with a case of cokes for my bead blast friends and a can of engine black. So except from some elbow grease and a few hours, not too much invested. I’ll post the results in my next post.

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