Yesterday my moving fillister plane got a little bit wet. I tried to wipe it off, but I decided that it would be better to place it on top of one of the transformers, so it could dry completely.
I forgot to take it down when it was dry, but the always cooperative gale stricken North Sea helped me with that today.
Go figure if an old cast iron plane survives a fall from 4 feet onto a steel floor undamaged?
Nope, no chance of that happening. The plane is broken in two.
I need a little time with either calm sea or alongside in a place where we are allowed to do hot work to try to fix the plane.
My plan is to braze the two parts together. In order to do that I am going to chamfer the sides of the broken area and line up the parts before brazing.
With a bit of luck I should be able to get the plane back together, and then it will be a matter of some work with a file to make sure the sole is level again. The blade also took a hit, so there's a nick in the cutting edge. But if everything else goes as I hope, that will be a minor challenge.
If only I had observed the 7P's as described by Ralph the accidental woodworker this would not have happened.