My LAST POST showed what the hand plane looked like out of the box. This post shows what the plane was able to do.
While setting up the plane, I took note of the slop in the lateral- and depth-adjusters. The depth adjuster had 3/4 of a turn of slop and the lateral adjuster had a little side-to-side play.
I honed the bevel up to 15,000-grit on a Shapton stone. This process took about two minutes. I then reassembled the plane and surfaced a board of beech. This was the reflection I saw when I looked down the board’s length.
The plane made shavings like these.
To further increase the performance of the plane, I then lapped the back of the blade. It took 12 minutes to bring the blade to this degree of flatness. At this stage, the blade was flat enough to be usable, but there was still a large hollow in the center.
Six more minutes of lapping erased the hollow and I was able to bring up the polish.
I then reinstalled the blade and surfaced the beech board once again. The polish of the planed board after having lapped the back was noticeably better.
I took this shot for fun.
Remember the grease I wiped off as soon as I got the plane? Within a week of returning home to the Westcoast, I found that the sole already had rust spots. I cleaned the rust off and applied a coat of Boeshield, something I should have done right away.