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    My No. 7

    Since I can't stand on both feet, I spent about 2 hrs the past Sunday sitting in the shop bringing my grandpa's No.7 back to life. I didn't take off all the grime/rust off the whole thing, just the parts that matter. Put some steel wool to the wooden parts and rubbed some paste wax on them to shine em up. Flattened the back of the blade, used a honing guide and sandpaper to sharpen it up (only to 800 grit so far). Then I took a brass wire brush to the japaning, sandpaper and steel wool followed by paste wax to the sides and the sole. Against my better judgement and doctor orders I stood up and put some weight on my right heel (not the whole foot) and made some curlies with it. I just had too!

    I'm getting some higher grit sandpaper thsi weekend to finish the sharpening...glad I can find something to do out in the shop.
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    Nice boot!

    Bringing these old beauties back to life is fun and satisfying, isn't it? I really sometimes just enjoy making shavings, with no particular project in mind.

    Try setting your blade for a bit thinner shavings, and rub a bit of paraffin on the plane's sole. You'll be amazed at what a difference it'll make.

    So far as sharpening, I usually use my Tormek, but if I'm using paper, I hardly ever go beyond 1,000 grit. My theory - and I've taken lots of static for it - is that after the first ten strokes on wood, you won't be able to tell the difference between a blade that started out with a 5000 grit edge, and one that started with a 1000 grit edge. The 5000 grit one will just wear/dull faster. Of course, that's just my opinion... I could be wrong...
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    sweet job jeff and thanks for gettun some good drugs against that spinny disease
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    Thanks guys!

    Jim, I think I will just get 2 more grits and call it good

    Larry, soon as the doc tells me I can, I'll be spinning wood again...but some flatwork projects are on the horizon too!
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    what happened to your foot did someone get it where it didnt belong
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    what happened to your foot did someone get it where it didnt belong
    Up late, music and dancing mixed with me having quenched my thirst quite well and I go boom...Now I have enough hardware in my foot to redo another Hossier cabinet.
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