I am involved with fund raising for the local Boy Scout Council and attended
a Unit meeting last night where finances were discussed. From this I know
all too well that some things just need to be let go... In this case I see
no liability on anyone's part but my own and I'm rather confident that the
plane can be repaired to function properly. If not... I'll use my
grandfather's Millers Falls No 7 and, when there are enough nickels saved
up, buy a new L-N.
I finally was of a mind to examine the L-N 7 this afternoon after being
unwilling to do so for a good 6 maybe even 8 months. All I did after it fell
was put the iron and cap iron back in place and note the damage to the toe
and heel. Anyhow, upon inspection I determined that the damage to the body
was limited to the dents and that it was not twisted, cracked, or otherwise
beyond repair. I made quick work of restoring functionality to the sole with
a mill file and some 600 grit emery paper. The small steel adjuster part
that is screwed to the frog was bent and easily flattened with a brass
hammer on the anvil part of my vice. The chip breaker had moved on the iron
so I took that off. While it was off I touched up the edge on my large black
Arkansas bench stone and reinstalled the cap iron. It looks fine. I
reassembled the frog and adjusted it and the iron and did some testing. All
seems OK even if there are some bright, but flat spots on the sole. There
are enough small scratches on the body from use that I'd anticipate things
will all blend in over time so nobody would ever know it was damaged. I
guess I'm lucky it landed on the sole and not the tote!
It sure seemed that way! ;~)
I think the worst part of fixing it was the notion of taking a file to an
L-N plane... Not sure why considering I've taken files and stones to other
relatively expensive items and haven't butchered anything (yet).
Its not the butchering, its the pain of having something that was
pristine and treasured now imperfect that bothered you. Been there...
Once you get over it, it is actually a better tool, since you are not
afraid of dinging it again.
I was like that with my first L-N plane... a 4. After that one I just used
them and let my kids use the stuff... planes, saws, etc. I figured out that
the kids are much more interested if they enjoy success. I recall the dull,
crappy old hand tools of my grandfather's that had been neglected and abused
by the time I got to them... from trying to use them I was of the mind that
you NEEDED power tools to do woodworking as hand tools were useless. ;~)
After my stint at Colonial Williamsburg I had a different opinion.
RE L-N stuff, I bought a 5 simply because my kids couldn't handle the 7 and
the York pitch 4 is all wrong for almost all planning--too specialized.
Funny thing about the 5 is it became my most used and favorite plane... even
if it was for the kids!
...whom has mastered the art of the sale.
What's wrong with a 5?
As a matter of fact, my favorite plane is my #5, I have 2. One an old
refinished stanley and the other a veritas low angle, so I can change
the pitch of the blade at will.
I just finished today refinishing a 5 1/4 Junior Jack... that might
become a favorite too. I picked it up at a garage sale for $1 about 5
years ago. It was pretty badly rusted and was painted. It looks awesome
now, and works just as well. I wish I had a york pitched #4... ,
actually, I would like to find a 4 1/2... And like you I love working
with planes, the finish is just astounding when planed. Plus nice and
quiet. Don't get me wrong I love my power tools, but having really good
working planes makes it really nice.
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floor. Put a wonderful divit on the leading edge that will have to be filed off
becuase it actually impengies on the flat face maybe a 1/16th. I guess I finally
get to use that granite block and do some lapping this weekend. I use that
little plane almost every day I am in the shop.
I have that same plane and use it every shop-day as well.
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