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All these discussions of late regarding plow planes, dado planes, and hand saws has been really great. Something we didn't talk about, and I know little about, is what to do with the little gems we come across that need a little work or housekeeping before being put into use. Some of the topics I'd like to see discussed are:
- What solution is best to clean up an old wood plane with dirt and grime? I've heard rumors of kerosene, but certainly wouldn't want to mess up a few that I'm wanting to clean.
- If a plane has loose boxing, how would this be repaired? Would you simply just re-glue it and clamp it, or is there another tried and true procedure? What type of glue is used? Does it matter?
- When dealing with a plane like a filletster or dado, how critical is it for the sole of the plane to be flat? I've got one with rounded corners. Since it's not a moulding plane, and I wouldn't be changing a profile, would I damage the useability of the plane by planing it flat again? It would seem to me that it would improve the quality of the cut, but I'm not sure.
- Is there a good book out there that discusses these and many, many more issues with wooden planes? Hacks "The Handplane Book" discusses what they do, but not how to fix them. He simply states in his book ( I checked again last night) that there are so many planes out there, that one should just move on and find another good user. Is this really the best option?
My list could go on and on, but I'd like others to contribute what they would want to know, as well as hear from the guys who use woodies all the time to hear their experiences.
Come on Adam! Come on Larry! Lay down those broadswords for a minute and help us out here!