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