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Div Inspired Shoulder Plane #1: Div Inspired Shoulder Plane, Body

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Blog entry by Bertha posted 1162 days ago 2474 reads 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First, I’ll choose my wood. I’m going to use a piece of curly maple from our own Lumberjock friend, Stockmaker!

I’m going with a 37.5-degree bed angle, bevel-down with a 25-degree primary bevel. First, I’ll thickness the stock. I’d like to use a handplane for this, but I want the width to be absolutely even.

Like Div and Mads suggested, I’m going to tailor my plane body to the iron, not vice versa. My iron is 4 1/16 inches long (pretty short) x 3/4 inches wide (I only own a 1” shoulder plane currently) x 1/16 inch thick. So, my plane will be pretty small, maybe a bit smaller than Mads’ but quite a bit smaller than Div’s (if the pictures aren’t deceiving).

I brought the wood down to size on the table saw so I’ll have just enough iron for a tapping. In retrospect, I should have allowed for some creative gripping curves, but I’ll keep this one pretty straightforward.

I made two of these to allow for a screwup. And it was a good thing because in my excitement, I already screwed up. Luckily, Stockmaker provided me with some massive slabs, allowing for plenty of mistakes. I transferred my desired dimensions over to one of the blocks. I’m going to use an 8-degree wedge above my iron, which looks quite thin on paper. We’ll see. It was getting late and I mis-drilled my chip escapement.

I packed it in for the night but I expect to have a working plane to share by Sunday evening!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog



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RGtools

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#1 posted 1162 days ago

Nice to see a bit of a shoulder plane revolution. Viva le revolution.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Bertha

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#2 posted 1162 days ago

Viva! I was inspired by Div’s, then re-inspired by Mafe’s bevel-up. It made me feel better that even Mads ran into some obstacles. I AM one big obstacle in my projects:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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RGtools

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#3 posted 1162 days ago

I need to be better about my sharing my toolmaking on this forum. I am shooting a video right now on making a handplane by hand but it keeps being pushed aside by other projects. (I hate that).

Div and Mads are awesome when it comes to educating the masses…and doing it humbly.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Bertha

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#4 posted 1162 days ago

I’m subscribed! My favorite thing BY FAR on this site is blogged tool construction. Followed closely by handplane discussions coming from people who really know their stuff (Paul Sellers, Philip Marcou, Div, Mads, Wayne). I can’t wait to see some of your work:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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WayneC

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#5 posted 1162 days ago

Looks like good progress Al, going to hold you to Sunday…..lol

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Beginningwoodworker

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#6 posted 1162 days ago

Great progress, Al.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Bertha

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#7 posted 1162 days ago

I’ll do my best Wayne. I’ve got plenty of wood, plenty of tools, but very little talent. I’m going to do my best, though! I’m almost tempted to avoid the resaw step and just try to hollow it out. Maybe I can save that for the next one but I don’t have any brass bar stock, nor any way to get it quickly. Dowels are too boring:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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grittyroots

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#8 posted 1162 days ago

Bertha what kind of brass are you looking for? you might want to check non-ferrous metal recyclers i found one in Knoxville TN. where they will put stuff aside for me. Thanks for your blogs.

-- Gritty Roots i can build anything as long as i have 2 things the internet and my father-in-law

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Bertha

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#9 posted 1162 days ago

Thanks, Gritts! I actually lived in Knoxville for 4 years! Seeing as how people love to steal copper her in WV, there must be some recycler in the area! I appreciate this tip. I’m too impatient to wait any longer, so I think for this one, I’m going with walnut dowels:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Div

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#10 posted 1162 days ago

Good progress Al! 3/4” is a good size. Actually the one I blogged is pretty small, a little over 4” long and just under 5/8 wide.

That last picture doesn’t look right. The edge of the escapement hole should just touch the line representing the bed, and the bottom edge of the hole should be some distance above the sole. Unless you are trying something different…..:^)

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

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Bertha

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#11 posted 1162 days ago

Yeah Div, I got excited and mis-drilled! That’s why I made two from the get-go. Alas, I have plenty of wood, all the tools I need, and my new iron. I’ll work it out!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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mafe

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#12 posted 1160 days ago

Looking good there, I almost missed your blog.
I can see you have all the detail set, so I have no doubt we will have some shaves soon.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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Bertha

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#13 posted 1160 days ago

Thanks, Mads, I bungled the blog a bit. Your book is on its way:) and my shoulder is making shavings!
She’s currently in the dowel glue-up:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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