In all deference to the very respected Paul Sellers, who scorns the use of a “curved” cutting iron, I’m getting ready to camber the blade of my Stanley 5 1/2 to make it into a true trying plane. I inherited this plane from my grandfather, and he used it to earn his MA in Industrial Arts in the 1930s. It was manufactured 1898-1902, so it may very well have originally belonged to his father. They were poor Okies who couldn’t just go down to the hardware store when they wanted a new tool.
The blade configuration for this model of plane was changed in 1932 but, fortunately, I was able to purchase a pre-’32 NOS blade from Bob Kaune. I can keep Granddad’s original cutting iron intact and experiment with the new cutting iron.
So, my question is: If I camber this iron at an 8″ radius how am I supposed to treat the cap iron? I suspect that the correct answer is not to worry about the cap iron because this tool is going to be used as trying plane. No need for a close match of the cap iron and cutting iron because this plane will never be yielding .001″ shavings. Is that correct?
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