Wounded Soldier Rides Again #1: Back into battle - Shelton #4

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Blog entry by 7Footer posted 11-27-2013 03:55 AM 2011 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I looked it up and 111 days ago I said that “in a few days I’ll be done with the Shelton” ... Not surprised that my few days turned into 111. Well it’s finally done with the exception of another coat or 2 of finish on the tote.

This is the only plane I have of this style (other than my super smoother from Shampeon – but this one made of all metal and only has a chip breaker with and a cross pin rather than a lever cap), and so any tips / suggestions are appreciated – I’m getting nice thin shavings but the they are only about 1/3 the width of the blade, I might just need to keep adjusting but it is weird, when I adjust the blade side to side to get it even with the mouth it still doesn’t seem to take even shavings. I can’t quite tell if this style of plane is just extremely hard to adjust and keep tuned correctly or if I’m doing something wrong? It seems like the shavings only come off of the right side of the blade (even after I adjust it to compensate), maybe the mouth isn’t even and I need to adjust it more to the left… Not sure but it seems like its pretty hard to get this one tuned.

Other than that its pretty straight forward, it took forever to get the finish off of the tote, kinda wish I had just left it, the knob was easy because I was able to put it in the drill press, but whatever the hell it was they put on the tote was tough to get off, is it shellac?

God it’s embarrassing that my Ohio was sitting there with the lever cap on backwards, I almost photoshopped it out!

The paint looks a little dull but its only because there is a nice coat of homemade wax mix on it, the paint has more of a gloss to it.

Notice how narrow those shavings are? Not quite sure why I can’t get them wider, this weekend I will be able to put in a little more shop time and maybe I can get it.

But overall I think it looks pretty sharp, turned out pretty nice. Thanks for looking!


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#1 posted 11-27-2013 04:54 AM

Quite a difference, huh? You’ve certainly done a nive job.

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#2 posted 11-27-2013 05:05 AM

So exactly why is that lever cap on backwards?!!

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#3 posted 11-27-2013 06:59 AM

Thanks HT’er!

Toby-Its on backwards because that’s how it looked when I took them out of the tool chest that I got, and at the time I didn’t know any better. Here’s what the Ohio looks like now, with the lever cap on correctly:


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