Dating record block planes

But in real life, the critical areas to cover are marked by the blue ovals in the picture above.

As long as those areas are mainly even, your block plane will work great.

Put the plane together, but keep the blade fully retracted. You will see a dark powder appear on the sandpaper, which is the metal being removed from the sole of the plane.

You should see an even scratch pattern over the majority of the sole of the plane when you’re done. It is better to rub the sole a little and check often than to overdo this part.

I thought to myself, ‘well, it can’t be much, I’ll get it working! The blue may have put me off, but then when my hands touched it, picked it up, twiddled the parts, that was the point at which I knew it would be left to me burst his bubble.

It took me best part of an hour to get the plane to work and that is with my experience of restoring hundreds of planes over a lifetime of woodworking.

and requires filing to remove the burred edges to all of the components.

The taped hole for the centre bolt securing the blade to the capo iron has a protrusion that prevents the plate from sitting tight against the cap iron which results in not being able to set the blade cutting edge to the cap iron correctly.

Although you can adjust a block plane back and forth between these two tasks, many woodworkers have more than one block plane, one for taking thicker shavings, and another set up to take thinner shavings. You now have a useful tool that can be used for nearly any woodworking project.

Oh, it was such a sick, sinking feeling in my spirit.

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