Cast iron plane soles maintenance

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  • #10057
    Florian
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    It’s been discussed a bit in the “restoration tool project” but I thought it could deserve an own thread.

    When I bought a Stanley No. 80 on a flee market last year I first thought  that the previous owner attacked the sole with a hacksaw from all directions! Being used to wooden planes I didn’t know that the cast iron is so soft or in other words the wood as abrasive as it is.

    Since I mostly use the no. 80 prior to the scrub plane, would you still recommend to flatten its sole from time to time?

    Cheers

    I enjoy working wood in Germany.

    #10060
    jgust747
    Participant

    Isn’t #80 a scraper?

     

    Dallas, Texas

    #10061
    Gary Hodgin
    Participant

    I have a Stanley #80 cabinet scraper. I bought it new several years ago and did flatten and polish the sole. Great tool. I use it as a finishing tool for grain that isn’t kind to my smoothing plane.

    #10062
    Dave
    Participant

    I’ve read where people use these as a coarse tool to clean up glue lines and mineral deposits etc from rough boards.  I suppose the need to smooth the sole would depend on how you intend to use the scraper.  As a rough tool I would not be too worried about it, especially since you sau you would use  this before a scrub.   If the tool is to be used for scraping figured wood as a finishing preparation then I would want a smooth sole.

    -Canada

    #10081
    Florian
    Participant

    Thanks everybody!



    @Dave
    : that was my opinion, too. Maybe I should get another one for the finer treatments.

    I enjoy working wood in Germany.

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