Fixing Up a Stanley #6

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Blog series by LucasinBC updated 03-04-2010 08:12 PM 4 parts 6086 reads 7 comments total

Part 1: Doing things the old fashioned way...#1

03-04-2010 07:02 PM by LucasinBC | 1 comment »

I should preface everything I am about to write by saying I am very new to woodworking and so I cannot be looked upon as anything but a beginner; I am no expert so don’t think this is a blog from a pro! A few months ago I embarked on a journey to build a workbench based on a design inspired by Christopher Schwarz’s book “Workbenches.” Specifially I am attempting to build his French-style Roubo bench. Long-story short, I found it difficult to joint and plane the ve...

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Part 2: Doing things the old fashioned way...#2

03-04-2010 07:33 PM by LucasinBC | 0 comments »

The first thing that I did is setup a griding/honing station. I say grinding because when you are taking on a plane sole that is essentially what you are doing. I don’t have an 18” long belt sander, so this is the only way I could think of doing it. I found an ad in my local Craigslist listing for a guy who was selling his over-stocked granite tiles. They are 24” long, 12” wide and 3/8” thick. Most sharpening enthusiasts would say that this is too thin...

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Part 3: Doing things the old fashioned way...#3

03-04-2010 07:55 PM by LucasinBC | 0 comments »

Next I worked on the plane iron, chip breaker and cap. The cap was pretty easy- I just ground it flat on the 60 grit paper and dressed it up to 220. Nothing special, just got the surface rust and dirt off and got it to an even surface. The chip breaker was a little confusing for me. There’s not a lot of information on how to properly dress a chip breaker…I find that it’s usually an after-thought in comparison to sharpening the plane iron. However, from what I understa...

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Part 4: Doing things the old fashioned way...#4 (Results)

03-04-2010 08:12 PM by LucasinBC | 6 comments »

With everything ready to go, I decided to try my hand at my Douglas Fir boards that need to be glued up. Again, I have never in my life held a plane let alone used one…so this was fun! I actually learned pretty easily. The fact that my blade was ridiculously sharp helped alot. After adjusting the lateral and depth gauges, it was actually not difficult at all. Here is my first board: Here’s a close-up. You can’t really tell, but the surface is like glass! Sh...

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