Another masterpiece from my
favourite auction site, this plane came to me fairly cheaply but
in need of quite a bit of work.
The things needing doing were:
Lever cap screw missing
No iron or cap iron
Large chip to rear handle
Heavy staining to steel parts
Very dirty and poorly oiled infills.
The first thing to tackle was the
chip to the rear handle…as the sharp edge was very uncomfortable
to hold and would certainly render the plane unusable for any
Like all these repairs… knowledge
gained from restoring vintage guitars came in to play and the
first rule of thumb is to cut out all damage completely.
Pretty frightening! The beautiful
Japanese Ryoba plane comes into its own here as you can
safely cut down to just shy of the required depth by adjusting
the saw accordingly.
It is a testament to the usefulness
of Japanese tools in general, that I can use them with great
precision to repair an old British infill…. one of my Japanese
bevel-edge chisels being used to tidy up the remaining wood.
A number of very specialist tools
are useful both in guitar repairs and making as they are to the
repair of these valuable planes.