I finally finished those totes I was making for my newly refurbed Bedrock 605. As you may remember, I got this 605 at a flea market for $20. It used to look like this:
The totes & knobs were sanded to about 400 and then sealed with shellac. After the shellac dried I sanded them with 600 grit and then gave them multiple coats of spray lacquer. They were allowed to dry for several days and were finally wet sanded, polished with machine polish, and installed tonight.
These were the first totes I made and they were filled with mistakes. I learned a lot making these and should be better prepared when I make them again.
The plane was cleaned in the usual fashion. Elbow grease and a wire brush wheel. The sole was pitted somewhat near the mouth. Flattening it seemed to get rid of the worst of it. There are (2) small spots near the side rear that are sort of deep. But they shouldn't effect the performance of this plane at all.
Here it is after I cleaned it up and installed the cherry tote & knob. I took it for a test drive on a scrap piece of cherry and was very pleased with the way it was performing.
And here it is with the bubinga tote and knob. Just to give it a real shake down I set the blade to take a very light shaving. You can see the way it handled this walnut.
Of the two, I sort of prefer the bubinga. But I'm not totally sold yet. The cherry is my salute to LN while the bubinga is my knod towards LV. Which of the two do you like better?
Thanks for viewing!