I have an small Stanley "starter" plane that I've been tinkering with
and trying to get a little feel for how to and so forth.
While working on a project I foolishly didn't recheck what the guy
helping me said was clear wood......Lesson #1 Only believe half of what
you see and nothing that you hear......I took my second pass and caught
a set of staples that put a lovely set of notches in the
blade.........Lesson #2 Planning staples is a bad thing..........
Is there any hope of salvaging the blade or should I just chalk it up
and get another one? The notches are probably are small but leave
wonderful little railroad tracks when the plane is used now.
Also any advice on some decent basic hand planes to start out with.
This one was a gift a while back..........
Thanks in advance for the help and advice...
Owning hand tools is all about keeping them sharp and maintained. Getting
nicks goes with the territory. You should pick up some books at the
library, go ahead and learn how to take out nicks, flatten the backs and add
micro bevels to the cutting edges. The iron you are talking about now will
be a great one to practice on. After you learn the process replace the
blade if you want. And remember, about 90% of all new planes and chisels
need to be sharpened before you use them.
Also, I have always thought of "clear " wood as wood with out defects or
3 minutes with some 320 grit wet & dry sandpaper will remove those
nicks. Another 5 minutes work, and you're ready to go again.
Google "scary sharp" in rec.woodworking archives. Have a good read.
Then google "starter handplanes" or similar in the same archives.
Then go look at Lee Valley's site, at the apron plane, and the
adjustable mouth block plane. Go visit Lie Nielsen, and read up on
their block planes.
Then grab you hat and wallet for the ride down the slippery slope.
An informed addict is still an addict. ;-)
new owner of a sweet, newly arrived, Steve Knight microsmoother in
cocobolo & ebony, with the new Hotley style brass cap. (micro gloat)
Patriarch, you are WAD the clearest, honestest (is that a word!)
wrecker I've read!
6 weeks ago I had one 25 year old "Companion" plane (Sears cheap
stuff, not even a Cra(ft)sMan that I had never touched with a stone,
much less a file. I now am the proud owner of 7 planes, all off EBay,
including a couple of LNs. TLOML is convinced I'm nuts, my wallet is
short a buck or two, and a tuned old Stanley makes really neat curlies
on a cherry board. Try to explain that to SWMBO. The slope is greased
with honing oil.
I just read the Handplane book by Garrett Hack (Rockler store had a
clearance at 14.95) and I now begin to understand that I am not alone
in having a Problem.
Such is life heading into retirement.
Adding traditional message to sig -
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umm... time to fully sharpen the blade... low grit 'til those nicks are
gone, then to the higher grits to the finest.
Do you know anything about sharpening?
But keep the blade, and do that I suggest. Blades cost money.
Alex - newbie_neander in woodworking
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