The Pursuit

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Blog series by sansoo22 updated 05-24-2021 02:50 AM 5 parts 5842 reads 22 comments total

Part 1: Paul Seller's plane sound

01-29-2020 10:32 PM by sansoo22 | 9 comments »

Kicking off a new blog series I’m calling “The Pursuit” which I hope to chronicle my endless chase for perfection. I know by now this is impossible but the drive to try is always present. As I get older I’ve learned to slow down and appreciate the journey as much as the outcome. This first entry is about my love of hand planes that I know many fellow jocks share. When I started working with hand planes, as with all things I take the time to learn, I went over b...

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Part 2: Paul Seller's plane sound continued

02-04-2020 05:08 AM by sansoo22 | 6 comments »

One of the comments on my previous entry about trying to get the perfect plane mentioned something along the lines of keeping them sharp. Tonight I set out to see if I could first dull my planes…who doesnt need a little practice…and second sharpen at least 3 back to make that awesome sound. First the aftermath…pretty much all of this is from tonight’s experiments. That was a lot of planing. Second let’s take a look at tonight’s contestants. T...

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Part 3: Tuning a Buck Bros smoother

06-02-2020 10:02 PM by sansoo22 | 2 comments »

I hadn’t intended to blog about this because we’ve all seen it numerous times on YouTube I’m sure. Someone takes the cheapest plane they can possibly find and attempts to make it perform. However on another forum I saw it mentioned that a particular plane model was not worth tuning because it was intended for the home user and thus it was junk. I will be the first to admit I have blamed a tool or two on their performance. I like to always think its the craftsman not th...

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Part 4: Rehab, back bevels, and horse butts

08-03-2020 06:14 AM by sansoo22 | 1 comment »

It’s been awhile since I posted anything about my plane passion…err…maybe obsession is more apropos. Since I’ve been doing a lot of restorations lately I started playing with some new sharpening techniques I hadn’t tried before. So today I want to show how I do a simple iron rehab as well as the new techniques involved and some quick results. Lots and lots of pics in this one so buckle up. First up is an iron from a Type 18 #5 dated 347 or March 1947 for ...

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Part 5: Fixing the Chattanooga Chatter Box

05-24-2021 02:50 AM by sansoo22 | 4 comments »

This Bedrock 604C type 6a is most UNAFFECTIONATELY nicknamed the Chattanooga Chatter Box. This “fancy” plane earned its nickname by chattering no matter what I did with it. I toiled for days when I first “restored” it and finally gave up. This was 18 months ago and I’ve have learned a metric butt load more about planes since then. All my other smoothers have been sold off or stripped down for restore so this jerk needed to perform. Around here we often t...

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