I know the spinny guys call it a vortex, well there is not only one type of vortex. I finally got stuck into the tune up of my Dads handed down WW2 Stanley and got so carried away i nearly planned all the wood away.
There is no sweeter feeling than a scary sharp plane blade cutting through wood.
Boy did I have fun but mind you Larry warned that this would make a man of me and sure it did. I got stuck in my shop from late afternoon Sat to aroun 9:30pm that night. Just making curlys and trying out different settings on the plane. Getting to know one another you might say. Being the impatient type i could not wait to finish my bench and wait for the delivery of my jointer. So in anticipation of another tune up when that arrives and to start to get those muscles that are needed some excercise i got stuck into the smoothing plane.
Dont think i have had that much fun since highschool shop. Now i know they did not have anything like a sharp plane at my school.
Who said this plane stuff was addictive? But boy my shoulders and back were stiff yesterday and today again but it was all worth it.
So Spinny guys give the old Neader stunt a try there is more than one way to make curleys and when you finished this wood needs no sanding or CA to make it smooth.
For the picture police before you issue a summons take a look.
Before a piece of rough Cherry Attachment 37263 then afterAttachment 37264
Here is some ash did not have a before pic only the after Attachment 37265
Then the plane sole all tuned up (you think it has scratches you should have seen what i started with Attachment 37266.Attachment 37270 Ooh curlies so thin you can see the cells. Attachment 37267
And hey who says you have to wait till your workbench is finished. My Tom Clark cabinets stand in while the bench awaits the jointer arrival.
And the evidence of fun is all around Attachment 37269
But wait as they say in the commercials I am only getting started. This relationship is still at the dating level and i am going to kick it up a notch yet. I want more from that plane but need to work on the frog and my own knowledge.
Oh and i nearly forgot. I think it was Mike Henderson that mentioned putting some paste wax on the sole. To any newbie like me out there, try it but be ready for the ride of your life.
Seems like many of us were enjoying this pastime over the weekend and discovering the pleasure of a sharp iron. You certainly dont need any fancy tools to sharpen a blade. I just used sandpaper and a leather strop.
Of course you need to grind the angle proper but that is taken for granted.
Now a question for the pros.....what is the best angle for a smoothing plane 4 1/2 Stanley.
And Larry you are so right you dont need a new blade in these old planes ya just have to treat them with respect.