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  1. Many makers made great usable planes back in the...

    Many makers made great usable planes back in the day.

    Though a few other brands have passed through my shop my preference is for Stanley/Bailey planes for a few reasons. They are the most common...
  2. You have already figured out this curiosity. It...

    You have already figured out this curiosity. It is pretty much a crap shoot.

    Some of the later planes are fine users. Some were put together on Mondays by hungover disgruntled workers.


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    The one in your image is a KK 4. If the other was...

    The one in your image is a KK 4. If the other was a K 4 it was a Bedrock design instead of the Bailey design. Well worth the extra $5 to some.

    jtk
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    Light tapping on the handle will withdraw the...

    Light tapping on the handle will withdraw the blade. This is why my preference is to use a small wooden tapper. The tack hammer might chip the japanning or sully any plating.



    That was funny....
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    Ever hear the term boilerplate? In the world...

    Ever hear the term boilerplate?

    In the world of business agreements it is often the manufacturer selling through a vendor not wanting to have their identity known.

    Also in the world of...
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    It depends on the plane or spokeshave on which it...

    It depends on the plane or spokeshave on which it is to be used.

    For my wooden molding planes an upholsterer's hammer or a tack hammer is often used to set the blades. A wooden mallet is used to...
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    At the price you want it is tempting for the...

    At the price you want it is tempting for the parts.

    If you are going to rehab a few planes you might consider starting a parts supply.

    jtk
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    Have you checked across the toes of the frog for...

    Have you checked across the toes of the frog for square?

    The frog should be touching the body on both toes and seated on the back evenly. If not it is important to determine why.

    This plane may...
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    It is difficult to tell from the image but the...

    It is difficult to tell from the image but the lever cap does look a little short.

    All the #3 size lever caps on my planes measure from 1-1/4" to 1-3/8" from the bottom of the cap screw hole to...
  10. In my experience most planes do not need to have...

    In my experience most planes do not need to have their soles lapped. Many of those that do are because someone tried without knowing what they were doing.

    Is there a clear need for the soles to be...
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    Scott, if the frog can not rotate enough you may...

    Scott, if the frog can not rotate enough you may have to file a little off of the inside of the frogs notch.

    Here is an excerpt from my post on the subject:

    [QUOTE]Adjusting the Frog was made...
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    This is the part that threw me off. Having that...

    This is the part that threw me off. Having that many grandparents was hard to envision.

    jtk
  13. Ask Dr. Google < setting the cap iron < and it...

    Ask Dr. Google < setting the cap iron < and it should lead to a post on wood central by David Weaver.

    SMC Terms Of Service doesn't allow posting links to other forums.

    jtk
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    There are no nails showing. Did you use a blind...

    There are no nails showing. Did you use a blind nailing technique?

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    Rotation makes it look better.

    jtk
  15. Howdy James and welcome to the Creek. Here is...

    Howdy James and welcome to the Creek.

    Here is a post of mine from over a decade ago about rehabilitating old planes > https://sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?114373

    It is archived in the...
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    Good going. Looks better than my first...

    Good going.

    Looks better than my first dovetails.

    jtk
  17. It depends on what is at hand. There are a...

    It depends on what is at hand.

    There are a couple hunks of candle wax in the shop. A couple hunks of bee's wax in a drawer.

    There is also a rag impregnated with furniture oil/wax used to rub...
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    Yes, whether shop made or made by a professional...

    Yes, whether shop made or made by a professional it can make cutting half blinds much easier.

    Besides, my old piece of saw blade is also my best scraper. Hitting it with a mallet was damaging the...
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    One or the other of these two statements can be...

    One or the other of these two statements can be true, not both, unless something has passed by me.

    jtk
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    My suggestion for the center kerf is only for...

    My suggestion for the center kerf is only for cutting half blind pins. It wouldn't make sense for through dovetails or a tail board on half blinds.

    Unless you have a fret saw trick for getting it...
  21. These are some of the tools that came with my...

    These are some of the tools that came with my lathe when it was purchased:

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    The top one is great for many tasks. it looks to be made from a planer blade. The handle looks to be made from...
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    And when his car is wrecked by the load he will...

    And when his car is wrecked by the load he will likely try to sue the store.

    jtk
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    It depends, have the pen makers paid enough in...

    It depends, have the pen makers paid enough in taxes to show a return on the investment?

    Have you compared notes made in pencil to those made in ink after 20, 30, 50, 100 years or more?

    jtk
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    Thanks for the information Rob. jtk

    Thanks for the information Rob.

    jtk
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    While living in the East Bay many years ago my...

    While living in the East Bay many years ago my source for replacement saw blades and other Japanese tools was Hida Tools at 1333 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702.

    You might give them a call,...
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