My awesome wife has watched YouTube video after YouTube video learning the ins and outs of vintage tools with me because she loves working on projects as well, and she wants to get me a couple awesome Christmas presents this year. So I pretty much know I will be getting a vintage Stanley plane to restore this 25th… here is my problem – I wanted to get a head start on the world of plane use so i bought one of those cheapo “Windsor #33” planes from harbor freight for $7 after a coupon. My thought was worst case I waste $7. So I get it home and it is NOTHING like the stanley/bailey planes i have spent so much time learning how to work on. The frog is built in and doesn’t move, and the cap iron is this short little thing that doesn’t get close to the cutting edge. So i spent some time flattening the sole, sharpening the blade (and flattening and polishing the back), and i made sure i put it in bevel down. But no matter how much i fiddle with the blade depth adjustments i can’t get a decent shaving. It catches and tears up the boards i am working on. but when i look at others experiences on line on forums and stuff, people say it works fine (they are not going to use it regularly, but it works). I have never used a planer before so i am sure i am doing something wrong, any ideas?
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