Childs Play #2: Toy Handplane Build #2... Drill Press Turning and Stuff..

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 11-23-2014 11:15 PM 1180 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had hoped to be further along on this by now but progress is still progress I suppose. I am taking some vacation time next week so hopefully I can get this mostly done by the end of the first week of DEC leaving just a few simple tools left to complete the set for Christmas.

Anyhoo.. we left off with the rough joints brazed into the aluminum. After sanding for a few hours I finally broke down and picked up a belt sander for the shop. I had been tossing around needing one for about a year now and it was finally time to admit it was needed.

That got the bottom flattened in no time.

Then I picked up a drill press turning jig so I could knock out a front knob for this guy. It works but I wouldn’t try it for anything bigger than this. The important thing is that it worked lol.

I started with some walnut I have had sitting around waiting on just the right project.

Cut off a chunk and started turning. 3 days later and a lot of trial and error I finally had a knob like structure at the end of it.

Sanded that and rubbed on some dark walnut danish oil and wax then cut it loose..

Turned out a bit better than I had hoped. Just slightly smaller then the front knob from my #2 which is the perfect size.

Then today I started on the screw post hardware. It all started with some 1/2” brass rod. Stanley uses 7/16” threaded post tops but all I have is 1/2” and a 1/2” forstner bit so these are about 1/16” larger than a Stanley which is not that noticeable.

I cut a piece larger than I needed and trued up both ends. Drilled a hole in both ends and tapped them for 1/4-20. Measured and cut just above where the hole stops on both ends and cut a flat head slot in that. Chucked them into the drill press and sanded everything smooth and shiny.

Then I took a deep breath and drilled the post hole in the knob.

Next up is to make the tote for this guy as hinted at in some of the pics. Then I just need to finish up the rest of the structural bits and get this painted and assembled. Stay tuned!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 11-24-2014 12:08 AM

Looking REALLY nice, Eric. That’s gonna be one happy lil man at Christmas! How are you attaching the tote and knob rods to the body? I’m guessing more brazing . . .

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#2 posted 11-24-2014 12:43 AM

Yep more brazing. I have a couple 1/2” aluminum posts cut and tapped waiting on that.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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Don W

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#3 posted 11-24-2014 01:05 AM

so now, you really can call them “toys”.


-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#4 posted 11-24-2014 02:40 AM

How are you attaching the tote and knob rods to the body? I m guessing more brazing . . .

- Don Broussard

Here ya go.. just finished up the screw post for the knob.. Brazed and cleaned up with the dremel..

Annnnd it even works lol…

Thanks DonW! His “Toy” may be better than some of my “Tools” lol.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#5 posted 11-24-2014 01:58 PM

This is super rad. Good job.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#6 posted 11-24-2014 03:30 PM

Such great work for such a great purpose.

Absolutely awesome.

-- ~Tony

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