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Squaring lumber without a jointer

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by newuser1, Jan 28, 2021.

  1. burtonfan

    burtonfan Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 16, 2010
    Check out this video. I made one as I too am without a jointer. It works like a charm. I believe this lady is also a guitar player!

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  2. hnryclay

    hnryclay Tele-Meister

    Nov 30, 2020
    You can use sandpaper, but you need to purchase something like a piece of glass, or a tile that is absolutely flat.
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  3. LuckyJinx

    LuckyJinx Tele-Meister

    Apr 2, 2011
    Portsmouth, Shire of Hamp
    I bought a new unbranded #5 from a seller on ebay for £15 (I figured it would work for a scrub plane so I didn't need to use the Stanley for that). It took me hours of running it back and forth over sandpaper to get a reasonably flat bottom, and the blade was actually concave (not the iron itself, that was ok and didn't take too much work to flatten the back, even). The actual cutting surface was not square to the iron side, and the corners stuck out farther than the middle of the blade.

    Still, it's metal, all the bits are there and shaped more or less like they should, if somewhat rough edged, the handles aren't bad, and after a fair bit of work to get the fundamental bits in working order, it's fine. It's not a scrub yet, I shaped the iron straight, and I'm getting long thin shavings with it. The edge seems to hold up to at least a bit of work. Definitely buyer beware, it's more like they're selling you a kit to put together your own plane.

    On the other hand, the Stanley is a 1975 and still cost me north of £25, so I guess the "cheaper than a used Stanley" is going to depend on the market where you live.
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