Final Jointer plane pics and test run

So after some sanding on the bottom and sides to do a little flattening and rust removal, I worked on the frog.  Once I flattened the areas on the frog, I put sticky sandpaper on the newly flatten surfaces and flattened the mating surface on the plane base.

Here are a couple of shots of the whole plane after I worked on it.  I started at 100 grit, went down several grits down and did a final polish with some 600 wet dry I had laying around.

Then I did my first test run.   I got crumpled shavings and a lot of chatter on the first pass.

So I pulled out the blade and chip breaker to see if I could see light between them and sure enough, I still had some light peeking through.  I took the chip breaker, clamped it up in my honeing guide and made some more passes over the sand paper.

This time I got nice ribbon shavings and a lot less chatter.  I might need to work with the chip beaker some more to get all the chatter out .. we’ll see on I get my workbench back in operation.

I added a shot of the honing guide set to 35 degrees.  I used this to get an even edge to mate with the blade.

Here’s a good summary video if you don’t want to buy a dvd (thanks Tico Vogt!):

How To Tune-Up A Hand Plane

PS.  please feel free to make suggestions.  After all, that’s what all this blogging is about, right?

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13 Responses to Final Jointer plane pics and test run

  1. Nice work. I love hand planes but the work to get an older, unloved one to working condition can be a lot.

  2. Tico Vogt says:

    How are you using the honing guide to improve the chipbreaker?

  3. Vic Hubbard says:

    I trashed all my original blades/chipbreakers and picked up some Hock’s. Nice and beefy!

    • Marilyn says:

      Yup! that might end up being the solution. So you’ve like Hock’s blades? Wonder how the compare to the IBC (Cosman’s), Lie Neilsen and Lee Valley.

  4. Tico Vogt says:

    Hi Marilyn,

    Am I mistaken or isn’t the photo indicating that you are working the curved surface that the shaving hits against , i.e. the top surface of the chipbreaker? Working that surface doesn’t help the bottom surface of the breaker to mate tightly with the iron.

    Just wondering.

    • Marilyn says:

      No, I was working the edge that mates with the blade. I also flattened the back of the blade. The arrow in this picture shows the two edges that I was working to flatten. When the gap between the back of the blade and the bottom edge of the chip breaker shows no more light between them, I’m thinking I’ve gotten them to match.

  5. If that’s the same plane I gave you, I want it back now! 🙂


  6. Marilyn says:

    Tico Vogt! thanks for the video link. That’s a good one and I added to my post.

  7. joemcglynn says:

    It’s really gratifying to restore an old crusty plane to proper working order. I have a 4 1/2 heavy smoother that I picked up a while back that I need to clean up myself. I have an IBC blade and chip breaker setup that I’ll use in that one. A few other projects ahead of that though.

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