Sunday, 13 January 2013
Antique Plane Blades for Mini Smoother
I recently bought 135 cast steel plane blades from G&M Tools at Ashington. That will keep me in blades for my mini smoothers for a while!
They are about 100 years old but were all unused, an extreme example of new old stock.
All were stamped Isaac Greaves and they are 1 1/4" wide.
Most had a good portion of surface rust.
My belt linisher made short work of removing the rust as well as flattening the back. This needs great care as it is so easy to round the edge of the back which would be disastrous. It helps that the blade is long at this stage.
Here's my old cast iron linisher, they don't make them like they used to!
The hard cast steel was laminated to softer unhardened steel which is handy as the unwanted upper part of the blade can be easily cut off with a hack saw.