Some times you just need a jointer ..

I got a little time to clean up the carcass so that I can move on the .. dun, dun, dun .. molding (yikes!).  Haven’t done molding yet and the class I’m taking to learn how to do it is still far off.  Anyway, here’s a few shots of the progress.

Creating the key board drawer front

Above is the process I used to create the fold down drawer front for the pull out key board tray.  The drawer front is not yet cut to size so it will be significantly smaller.

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?