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If it isn’t too late; I’ve repaired several plane cracks with thin super glue, [just Pound shop tubes] it wicks into the crack and holds well. I use gaffer tape to pull the crack together on coffin planes, but just clamps on jointer/jack planes. You shouldn’t beat yourself up that looks like an old crack, probably from being stored without loosening the wedge. Their wood and wood moves all the time the iron blade doesn’t have any give in it which is often the cause of such cracking especially if left in damp sheds. Hope this helps cheers j
A leaf spring off a vehicle.Cut it through where the eye for the hanger is and if you want weld the eye closed, fit handle and your good to go. Depending on the size of wood your splitting, you’ll only need the eye and 6″ to 10″ of blade/leaf, if longer length it might have a slight curve, but it’ll still work, mine does.
Get a leaf spring from a breakers or scrap yard. Hope this helps. cheers.
Nick, I don’t know where you live, but last time I was in the Old Tool Store, Ray Iles had 40-50 saws to pick through. You rarely see old tool dealers advertising saws in their catalogues or on their sites because until Paul came along with his advice no one wanted old saws. There are reputable old tool dealers from Devon to Scotland, and a search on the internet should get you someone fairly close to you.A phone call before you journey is always wise, these people are dealers and often have to travel at short notice. Like you, I would be wary of buying something I couldn’t handle,but dealers stand or fall on their reputation so buying by post isn’t the same as ebay. Some would say dealers are more expensive, true maybe, but if you get what you want, and can get back to working wood, does it matter ? I wouldn’t buy a new Pax,they aren’t the company they were even 10 years ago, better to buy a fine toothed throw away,until you find a good used saw. Oh and there are usually 2 used tool stalls at the North of England show next month if you can get to it.
One last thing I noticed on the Groz 1 and the sargeant 2 pictures the chip breaker doesn’t seem to be square to the blade edge.This may be that the final tweak of tightening the cap screw is causing cap iron to follow the rotation of the cap screw thread, and therefore be skewed at the cutting edge.If you hold the blade on its side on a flat surface as you tighten down the cap iron, you’ll know whether that is your problem, or that the cap iron itself isn’t square.
Hi, I’m a little late to the discussion but I use 2litre of coke cola with 1/2 litre of pickling vinegar for rust removal,leave article to soak for as long as necessary. Check regularly, don’t forget as I did and found my saw blade eaten through.It’s every good for giving new life to old files as well. Pepsi works as well,oddly you get a grey scum with Pepsi, and a brown scum with Coke.Hope this is of use,I’ve used it for several years and found it good as well as safe enough to handle,although it put me off drinking either for life !