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Thread: Wondering about my block plane setup

  1. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by john zulu View Post
    Why are there pencil marks at the sole? Some new technique?
    Naw, that is the use of graphite as a lubricant to make the sole slide easier rather than wax or oil.

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    I must admit that I had not noticed it, and cannot recall why it is there. Probably not deliberate. The only time I would scribble on a sole is when lapping it, and this #103 did not need lapping. My first thought was that they were scratches, which is possible, since the plane has a long history of use (the first new plane I ever purchased, about 20 years ago).

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

  3. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Ranck View Post
    Naw, that is the use of graphite as a lubricant to make the sole slide easier rather than wax or oil.
    Hahaha. I can see the application for graphite.

  4. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Cohen View Post
    I must admit that I had not noticed it, and cannot recall why it is there. Probably not deliberate. The only time I would scribble on a sole is when lapping it, and this #103 did not need lapping. My first thought was that they were scratches, which is possible, since the plane has a long history of use (the first new plane I ever purchased, about 20 years ago).

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
    Thanks Derek for the reply. Yeah. All my good planes have scratches at the sole and it can bug me quite a bit.

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    Or, if what you need is a plane for coarse work, you could get, say, a Stanley 220.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john zulu View Post
    Hahaha. I can see the application for graphite.
    Great when working with ebony.

    jtk
    "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
    - Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Koepke View Post
    Great when working with ebony.

    jtk
    Good point! Thanks!

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