My wife and I have decided to do some house renovations so unfortunately there won’t be much plane making happening in the shop this year. I will however be taking a little time here and there to fix up some old tools that I have acquired. The first is this old, gunmetal bullnose plane.
First I mark out the new blade on a piece of ⅛” thick, 01 tool steel.
I make sure that I saw close to my layout line so I don’t have to do too much filing.
Then I file the bevels.
The new blade next to the old one.
I send the blade to the heat-treaters and then make sure that the bed angle is true.
Now I concentrate on lapping the sole and sides.
A little extra pressure here and there while lapping is how I fine tune for squareness.
I use the old blade and wedge while lapping so I can keep working while the new blade is being heat treated.
After I get the blade back and sharpened, I can make the new wedge.
I decided to use a cutoff of Kingwood for the new wedge and I think that it polished up quite nicely.
A couple of short afternoons of work and I have another handy little plane for the toolbox.