Prior to me leaving SA my Dad told me to go to his workshop and take the tools I wanted to keep. He was already at the age and stage where he could no longer turn a screwdriver so for him it was to ensure the tools got handed down to me.
One of those tools i kept was what i come to know as a coffin smoother plane.
Now back in the day when my Dad and I used to work together, and he taught me what he knew, there was no such knowledge between the two of us as to the fact that a myriad of planes exist for all the different purposes. Even at high school shop class the teacher did not seem to know as all we had was a #4 type Stanley and they were in such bad shape that we never used them to plane never mind got taught that it was a smoother.
So when i got to Canada and set up to do woodworking as a hobby it was only after joining this forum and old grey beard taking an interest in me that i got to really learn about the range of planes and what they were all for.
As most of us do i went through a phase of tuning up planes and one that i never got around to was the coffin plane due to the fact that i really did not "get it"
The i found out that it is intended as a smoother, well i discovered that the throat of the plane had been messed with by my Dad. Obviously if one "thinks" that a plane is intended to take a good chunk of wood off in one swipe like a jack plane then when one in ignorance comes across a coffin smoother that should for smoothing purposes have a narrow throat gap between blade edge and sole, one goes and files the throat bigger and this is what my Dad must have done to this plane.
Its got a good blade and the body is still like new so I plan to fix it.
The question is how.
One option i have come across in my research is putting a new sole on. I dont wish to do this.
What i have in mind that i would like comments on is to use a brass strip and fit it in front of the blade much the same as the old wooden spokeshaves have
In doing some research on the web the only other person i can find is a image Derek Cohen of Australia posted on Lumberjocks of how he put a piece of brass patch in one of his wooden planes. I could not find the post to this on his website even after google searching the image. And Derek does not have search on his own website.
Anyone here have an idea how he secured this patch in the plane? The wood he uses much of the time is Jarrah (Eucalyptus ) and its hard and I don't see it taking to absorbing epoxy too well. But don't know.
I was originally thinking of using screws and first putting inserts in and using machine screws but i actually would prefer what Derek has done as it does not have any nooks and cranny's.
The other day I was in an electronics components store and lucky me they had just the perfect strip of flat brass for this job hence it coming up on list of items i want to attend to.
So if you guys are still into woodworking and hand tools please let the debate begin i need all the input i can get before i take to modifying this plane.
BTW it has a great thick heavy blade so I think its well worth the effort besides it being a heirloom.