Wood must be smoothed, squared up and made to fit--the three main jobs of a plane.
Aldren A. Watson, Hand Tools: Their Ways and Workings, 1982
I mentioned in an earlier post that I thought that the best way to soup up your antique metal hand plane was to replace the original chip breaker with a thicker one. I have a Lee Valley breaker on a #3 Stanley plane and a Hock on my #4 and #7 Stanley planes, both are great chip breakers and reduce iron chatter by an amazing amount.
My #3 and #7 sport Hock blades, wonderful blades to use and sharpen, but on one of my #4's I kept the original iron and installed a new breaker. That iron works just as well as the Hock irons, but I find the original Stanley iron sharpens to a razor more quickly and easily and holds an edge just as long as the Hock iron. The same goes for the iron that is in my Stanley #35.
After using those old irons for over 30 years, I know that those old timers sure knew how to make good steel.
Now, go sharpen your tools and get to work!
Monday, December 3, 2012
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