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    Hi Charles -- Early on in my acquisition of...

    Hi Charles -- Early on in my acquisition of vintage Stanleys I may have tried lapping soles but I just can't recall now. In my current arsenal of Stanleys none was lapped. And many were purchased...
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    I really do admire labs and golden retrievers but...

    I really do admire labs and golden retrievers but the size of our house dictated the size of the dog we would have. This is Willy, the fifth in a long line of miniature schnauzers weve had since...
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    Here's my adaptation of David Weaver's plane...

    Here's my adaptation of David Weaver's plane blade back flattening system. It uses 80 grit self adhesive sand paper on a granite surface plate. This jig allows concentrating pressure directly over...
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    Condition, condition, condition! Hi Frank —...

    Condition, condition, condition!

    Hi Frank — I’m definitely not an expert on infills but recently made a dent in that market. Looking at your photos I would suggest that you have a decent user....
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    I have a shop apron but never got into the habit...

    I have a shop apron but never got into the habit of using it. However, after looking at a pair of pants I used during a recent glue up I may start doing so. Also any kind of finishing would make...
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    Here’s a link to a site to help establish a type...

    Here’s a link to a site to help establish a type for the Bedrock:

    https://www.antique-used-tools.com/brtypes.htm

    The Bedrock 603 seems relatively rare in the used market. I’m a Bedrock fan but...
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    I bought this plane when it was first introduced...

    I bought this plane when it was first introduced last year. Didn’t really need it but the size and looks attracted me. I used it mainly to chamfer legs and other parts of a small table I was...
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    I forgot to follow up on this acquisition. The...

    I forgot to follow up on this acquisition. The nick is not a problem and after creating a new bevel on the blade that was seriously out of square, it works fine just as has been suggested. Glad I...
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    I took a chance and bought the plane. It’s a type...

    I took a chance and bought the plane. It’s a type 11, no. 4 that was on eBay, but not for a Jim Koepke price. Bill, I thought the same as you that the cutter would rest on the frog. I have some small...
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    Knick in plane mouth

    I'm thinking of purchasing a smoother that has this defect in its mouth (see photo). Any thoughts on if this nick in the frog side of the mouth would affect its ability to perform as a decent...
  11. I bought one of these from Amazon after the new...

    I bought one of these from Amazon after the new line was released. Several initial reviews suggested that the plane had some problems but frankly, mine as delivered was problem free. I tried some...
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    I bought such a lamp from Lee Valley a few years...

    I bought such a lamp from Lee Valley a few years back and it works just fine. I also added the mount for bench dog holes. Here’s the link:...
  13. Stu’s Sigma Power ceramic set is still listed on...

    Stu’s Sigma Power ceramic set is still listed on his site. Still around $230.00. I had to poke around to find it. Here’s the link:...
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    I’ve always used epoxy with an initial cleaning...

    I’ve always used epoxy with an initial cleaning of the mating surfaces with acetone. Last one I fixed the break was at an angle and I used the screw in the handle to tighten the joint while the epoxy...
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    Next time we meet, Bruce, I need to try out that...

    Next time we meet, Bruce, I need to try out that plane. I still have your pictures of it in my Photos app.
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    Based on your description of having owned the...

    Based on your description of having owned the plane for around 50 years that’s what I would have guessed too. Hope it is still giving you decent service
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    This link should get you close to finding the age...

    This link should get you close to finding the age of your no. 4:

    http://www.rexmill.com/planes101/typing/typing.htm
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    Change of plans for now. Part of the problem was...

    Change of plans for now. Part of the problem was to block out sound from the forced air furnace which actually is in another room but still transmits its sound. That doesn’t seem to work so now the...
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    Thanks for your comments. No decisions yet but...

    Thanks for your comments. No decisions yet but will let you know of progress or lack.
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    Novice needs to install solid door

    Because of the size of the opening we cant use a prehung door. Were not carpenters here so am wondering what it takes to fit the door and install hinges in the door and frame. This is to enclose a...
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    I made that choice about five years ago and went...

    I made that choice about five years ago and went with the Lie-Nielsen no. 4 (not bronze). I have a couple other smoothers ranging from Stanleys, Bedrock and a couple no. 3s including Woodriver. Some...
  22. Hi Rob — Before I shot the photos for my above...

    Hi Rob — Before I shot the photos for my above post I played around with the Stanley 103. My basic complaint is that it is hard to get a fine adjustment with the lever. I might try using a hammer...
  23. My plane acquisitions are not overwhelming but...

    My plane acquisitions are not overwhelming but occasionally I'll get a plane more out of curiosity than a specific need. This came in the form of a Stanley No. 103 block plane that has what Patrick...
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    As it turns out David Weaver, perhaps inspired by...

    As it turns out David Weaver, perhaps inspired by this thread, just uploaded a video to YouTube that shows his jig that inspired me. Do a search for " The best way to flatten a plane iron." David's...
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    You're correct, Steven. Actually I use a holder...

    You're correct, Steven. Actually I use a holder for the diamond stones that elevates the nuts and bolts enough so they don't contact the bench surface. When using sandpaper on the granite block it's...
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