Shed Matters 3

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Post by Stanley » 08 May 2019, 06:26

Yes Kev. Feel free.....
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Post by Big Kev » 08 May 2019, 07:31

:good:
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Post by Big Kev » 08 May 2019, 15:07

Job done, thank you. I'm working now until the end of next week so I'll bob it back then.
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Post by Stanley » 09 May 2019, 02:31

Good, I thought it might do. No rush for it, I can't remember when I last used it but that's the fate of special tools, they sit on the shelf for years and then save your bacon! Note the quality... it was made by Sykes Pickavant in the days when they were high quality English manufacture. That thin forged steel foot is immensely strong and the screw is high tensile and hardened.

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Post by Stanley » 11 May 2019, 04:05

The only shed activity yesterday was to fill the manual WD 40 sprayer and get it going..... No more aerosols!
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Re: Shed Matters 3

Post by Big Kev » 17 May 2019, 07:02

I did a repair job on this a little while ago, the neck of the guitar was missing so I made a new one. It's not an invisible mend but it looks good on the bar in McCulloughs
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Post by Stanley » 17 May 2019, 08:15

:good:
The nearest I have got to the shed this morning is sharpening the kitchen scissors.....
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Re: Shed Matters 3

Post by Stanley » 21 May 2019, 08:14

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First job in the shed was a clean up and a rearrangement of space so I could stow the WD40 away in the right place.

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A clean shed and if you look on the big surface plate you'll see the object of this morning's attention. I noted when I was making the carriage for my last cannon that my smoothing plane was sadly out of kilter, just about unusable. This has been creeping up on me for a long time. I am going to find out what the problem is and rectify it.

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It didn't take long to identify the problem. Years of less than perfect sharpening had put the edge out of square and the angles were wrong.

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I think you can see from this how bad my sharpening has been over the years! I put a mark on to guide the radical grinding that was going to be needed. I did that on the grindstone, a brutal affair but it had to be done. I made it square and ground the clearance angle on the edge with very frequent quenching in cold water so as not to overheat the carbon steel blade.

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Then some very careful honing on a good flat stone, first the clearance angle and then the cutting edge. I finished it off by stropping it on a piece of leather glued onto a piece of hardwood and planed flat. At the same time I gave the face of the plane body a wipe over on the stone to make sure that was flat.

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I adjusted the plane and then tested it on a piece of wood. It was 100% better, nice shavings and very little effort needed. It's as good as it was when new....
That took just over an hour and is enough for this morning. I feel better now!
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