Okay, I figured out the age and approximate vintage of my Granddad's
Stanley Smoother. "Older than Mom" and "A user, not a collector"
suffice for my purposes.
The iron is rather obviously rounded, as if it were badly wheel-ground.
Is it necessary that it be SQUARE to the sides of the iron or that it
merely be straight? I'm not talking a scrub grind, I'm talking an
assymetrical roundish shape.
I will obviously need to reestablish the primary bevel--there is none.
What's a good all-round bevel? 30 degrees?
Here's my gameplan for the iron:
1. Scribe a square line
2. Machine grind to the square line, more or less restablishing the
3. Dress the bevel to 120 grit using a Veritas honing jig.
4. Scary sharp the back of the iron to 2000 grit.
5. Polish the primary bevel to 2000 grit.
6. Add a 1-degree secondary bevel.
Are these the right steps in the right order?
For the capiron, I'm "merely" going to polish the bearing edge. It's
The bearing surface of the frog is VERY clean. I don't think it needs
I did a "cleaning pass" on the sole using 120 grit on my lapping plate.
It's VERY evident that there's a slight depression in the center of the
sole, both fore and aft of the mouth. How deep a depression need I
worry about? It's clearly not abraded when I look at the sole after
lapping. I can see the depression only if I look parallell to the
surface in EXCELLENT light. I'm not sure about how deep beyond "Damn
I can't think of a reason to fret about surface patina. Should I?
Finally, when I reassemble, do I lubricate? With what?