Infill plane construction

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Blog series by Tony Strupulis updated 09-20-2010 02:42 AM 2 parts 13450 reads 16 comments total

Part 1: And so it begins

08-18-2010 08:58 PM by Tony Strupulis | 12 comments »

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...

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Part 2: Opening my mouth

09-20-2010 02:42 AM by Tony Strupulis | 4 comments »

I finished making the vertical cuts for the dovetails in the sole plate. I clamped a piece of scrap wood cut at 75 degrees as a guide for my hacksaw blade. The guide block began to wear and lose accuracy after a couple cuts. At that point, I made enough guide blocks to use a fresh one for every cut. Before removing the waste form the dovetails in the sole plate, I decided to open the mouth. It was easier to clamp the sole plate in the drill press vise with the sides still intact. I used...

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