I'm doing a remodel to our house powder room, and Shaz has been kind enough to give me tons of tips, techniques, cautions and other good advice. We've already installed a granite vanity top, new cast iron deep sink, new "bamboo style" faucets, new lights, a new toilet and plumbing. Now we are going to put on wallpaper on the upper part of the walls, paint the ceiling and install crown molding. On the lower part of the wall, I'm putting in raised panel wainscoting paneling and a chair rail.
In order to make it right...I need to trim the base plate so it's flush with the floor, adjusted or any "ups or downs" in the hardwood flooring. Shaz suggested some procedures to mark the board, make some cuts, then trim the bottom to fit using a simple block plane. OK, got it marked, cut and ready to trim...but I don't have a block plane. I have NO planes!
Hmmm..check the usual subjects on the internet and find that Woodcraft carries them. I don't do "eBay", nothing on craigslist. Jeff H, I did try Brass City Records, but looks like his site is being re-constructed and he had no block planes listed. (Lowes had a couple $18 and $29 Stanley ones, but nothing else, and I was leery about getting one of the "new" Stanleys that seemed to be real bottom of the line models... Even the packages were covered with dust and taped together).
So, off to Woodcraft I go and end up getting this "simple block plane"....and a little something to hold it. I got the bronze model, as it will not be as affected by our somewhat salty air, like the iron model.
Of course I need something to sharpen the blade with...and as a newby, I will probably dull the blade quickly until I figure out this tool. I know Veritas makes good stuff, so I got one of these for the plane and my cheap chisels.
I couldn't swing a couple of stones, so the guy at Woodcrafters said I could get started with wet sandpaper on a hard, flat surface....I have some scraps from the granite counter top, and my little Craftsman shaper top.
I extended the blade out of the plane a bit, made some passes on a piece of wood, and Wa La.....It curls!
Thanks to Shaz, and his recommendation to get a simple block plane to use on my project, I'm a couple of bills lighter....but excited to use it and figure out how to sharpen blades.
The guy at Woodcraft made a strange comment as I was paying for the plane....something about my money, wallet, fingers having something slick/slippery on them. I hadn't noticed that before I decided to get the block plane...? Wonder what he meant...