Extremely Average #133: I will not be mocked...ok...maybe I will.

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Blog entry by Ecocandle posted 05-15-2010 04:50 AM 1519 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello all,

After 3 hours of lapping on my 143 year old no 5, it is, well…still not done. It mocks me. But there are some pictures. And I have made a bit of progress on that tough old steel.


-- Brian Meeks,

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Tim Lawson

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#1 posted 05-15-2010 07:03 AM

3 hours of lapping seems pretty extreme. What grit are you using? It looks like you are using wet and dry. I’d recommend considering using much coarser grits. I use Norton’s Champagne sticky back papers – they go as coarse as 80 and that removes the unflat parts pretty quickly. Good luck.


-- Tim Lawson

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#2 posted 05-15-2010 07:05 AM


I am using 80 grit. It is amazing how tough it is to make progress. I have even switched to a brand new sheet of 80 once.


-- Brian Meeks,

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#3 posted 05-15-2010 12:20 PM

Brian for the first you have to have a much much longer sandpaper
from the picture it looks like you hollow the sole with the short sandpaper
and if you from start put on the sole some bluecolour from a marker all
over the sole then you can see the progress of your laping
and just after a few strok you can see where and how much you have
to work and use that marker a lot

I learned from Sauer+Steiner toolworks site how Konrad do it
he toke five stroke sideway and then turned the plane and toke
five strokes the other way so he was sure he didn´t tilted the plane
under laping and that man know what he is talking about
he builds inlayplanes and lives at it

but there is a few vidioclips in the FWW and on you-tube
about tuning a plane and they are a hell lot beeter than I am
to explain you how to do it

I have just bought a granit plate there is I think 4 inch thick
1½ X 4 foot that I´m going to use as a lapingtable and sharpeningstation

stay tuned my freind


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#4 posted 05-15-2010 09:20 PM


That is a great idea for how to approach it. I think I am going to stop with what I have done. I have checked and it is still fine, it isn’t tilted. I also sharpened the blade and used the plane a bit last night, and it works really well. So it seems like I should probably be happy and not worry if the entire bottom isn’t shinny like a mirror.

But that being said, this isn’t my last plane purchase. For the next one, I will definitely use your idea.


-- Brian Meeks,

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