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I just inherited 3 planes from my father. 2 Millers Falls Type 3 ( #9 & #075) and a Wards Master #5. My father was by no means a finish carpenter and I certainly don't profess to be a professional, even though I've maintained a woodworking hobby for nearly 30+ years. When I saw the Wards Master, I thought, oh boy, a Monkey Wards special from long ago. When doing a Google, I found a guitar makers web site that uses this plane all the time!
Anyway, I plan on refurbishing these planes to working condition. They were EXTREMELY DIRTY! I disassembled them and scrubbed them with Simple Green and an old toohbrush, which cleaned them up quite nicely.
Next step will be to flatten the soles via the Scary Sharp method. I have read David Charlesworth's Handplane Tune Up in FWW #172. Does anyone have any suggestions as to approaches that I shuld consider? One upgrade I was thinking of was replacing the blade.
Any and all thoughts would be greatly appreciated as this is the first time I have attempted this.
Bob @ kidderville Acres
Bob @ Kidderville Acres
A Woodworkers mind should be the sharpest tool in the shop!