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Infill plane construction #1: And so it begins

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Blog entry by Tony Strupulis posted 08-18-2010 08:58 PM 2735 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was browsing the Popular Woodworking web site about a week ago when I innocently poked on a link to infill plane maker Sauer and Steiner. The site described how the dovetailed metal bodied planes are made using hand tools that most people already have. That was all I needed for motivation. I already own a hacksaw and a bunch of files. Never mind that I’ve never done any metal work or the fact that I already own two Stanley #4 planes, I’M GOING TO BUILD AN INFILL PLANE!

An internet search turned up a basic diagram of a Norris A-13 smoothing plane. I will make the sole out of 1/4” mild steel. After a trip to the “home center”, I was armed with a fresh pair of hacksaw blades, needle files, and a piece of 1/4”x4”x12” plate steel. The sides will be made from 3/16” brass, which had to be ordered online. They should be in my mailbox next week.

Humble beginnings

The first step is to layout the inside width of the sole. I am going to size the plane for a 2-1/4” iron. I made a template out of scrap wood the width of the inside of the plane. I used that to scribe the layout lines on the sole plate. This will be the bottom of the dovetails where the side plates butt against the sole.

That’s as far as I got last night. Next will be laying out the dovetails and cutting some guide blocks to help with the hacksawing and filing.

-- Tony - http://ravensedgetoolworks.com



12 comments so far

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Dennisgrosen

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#1 posted 08-18-2010 09:57 PM

that sounds like you have a plane there
despite that I always have heart you have to have the iron first before you can make your plane
I wish you good luck with it
but be aware that the second plane is proppely far better than the first one
there is a learningcurve in this :-) so donĀ“t get disapointed IF
consider to start with a small plane in stead

best thoughts
Dennis

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Div

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#2 posted 08-18-2010 10:20 PM

HeeHaaa! Let the games begin! I have been wanting to do this for a long time but with so many projects currently on the go, life is too short at the moment. For now I will live my dream through your build!
I’m there with every stroke of the file!

Woodworkers make good metalworkers, not always the reverse though.

I guess you know that the sides needs to silversoldered to the sole once the dovetails are done?

Please let us know where you found the diagram for the A13 Norris.

I wish you PATIENCE AND PERSISTENCE!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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Dennisgrosen

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#3 posted 08-18-2010 10:25 PM

Div.
that was something I never had heart and done those times I have peened /coldsmithed
two metalparts together it shuoldent bee nessery to solder them if its done right

Dennis

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Tony Strupulis

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#4 posted 08-18-2010 10:30 PM

Right – no solder. Beat to fit.

I found the diagram plus a bunch of other information here.

-- Tony - http://ravensedgetoolworks.com

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Eric_S

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#5 posted 08-18-2010 10:33 PM

That sounds really cool and challenging and I wish you the best of luck. Is that black steel though for the sole? Whatever it is, will it leave marks on wood? Best of luck

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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Dennisgrosen

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#6 posted 08-18-2010 10:44 PM

Tony
I have to check that side out again
there has come a few new toturials since I last read anything there :-) great

have you seen the gallery on the site, its awesome

Dennis

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Div

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#7 posted 08-18-2010 11:10 PM

Thanks for that link Tony, some great info there!
Re: solder, I’m no expert here, just saw another planemaker do it. Maybe he didn’t trust his peening or thought it back up. It wasn’t visible after plane was done.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#8 posted 08-19-2010 02:03 PM

This sounds like a great project and one I’d really like to have a go at. I look forward to following your progress.

-- John

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mafe

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#9 posted 09-17-2010 09:27 PM

Wauuu, I look forward to follow you progress her, thats a wonderful project, and I’m sure you will suceed.
Have a nice tour,
best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Dennisgrosen

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#10 posted 09-17-2010 10:03 PM

Hello Tony
how does it go with the little big job :-)
hopefully you have some progress in it

take care
Dennis

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Tony Strupulis

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#11 posted 09-17-2010 11:21 PM

You guy’s are going to keep me honest with this project! I’ll see what I can do about putting together the next chapter over the weekend.

-- Tony - http://ravensedgetoolworks.com

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Dennisgrosen

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#12 posted 09-18-2010 02:14 AM

LOL :-) have expected anything ells Tony
remember you started to tease us ;-)

have a great weekend
Dennis

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