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Restored old hand planes

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1 hour ago, Coyote Jim said:

Have you restored any large bodied planes like 6, 7, or 8's? If so how do you flatten the souls?

I did a #7 and I used sandpaper taped to my tablesaw wing to flatten the "sole" .  The thing is, it takes quite a while and lots of patience. If I remember right it took on and off a couple of days to get it flat up to 600 grit.

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15 minutes ago, Coyote Jim said:

Well there is my problem. I have been trying to straiten out my plane's soul not is sole. I have spent a fortune in incense, animal sacrifices and dark rituals.

Sand paper will be much cheaper.

See what an old woodworker can help you with?  Start with a low grit, say 100 and see where the scratches are most.  Also, keep the frog and blade in the plane and up and out of the way of the sand paper.  If you do it without the frog and blade it won't flatten the way it should be flat when in use.

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Or sacrifice a 100 grit belt on a good edge sander. I did that. It was worth the 8 dollar belt destroyed by all the time it would have taken to do it by hand on my table saw top. I did a No8. a No.7 and a gage No.27 all on one belt. Dead flat.

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