# Div Inspired Shoulder Plane

 Blog series by Bertha updated 05-29-2011 01:50 PM 4 parts 9501 reads 53 comments total

## Part 1: Div Inspired Shoulder Plane, Body

05-26-2011 03:21 PM by | 13 comments »

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) ...

## Part 2: Now we build the body

05-27-2011 03:34 AM by | 20 comments »

OK, last night’s failure is behind me. I’m going asymmetrical on the escapement (ala Mads .pdf) and I’m going to do it (at least in part) with a bit brace in honor of the plane Gods. Math (uggggh!) and a plane book that no one can’t recommend. ... ... Measuring the “Mads coefficient”; henceforth, the proximal escapement requiring iron width shall be known as the Mads Coefficient. It is written; this is the internet; which makes it fact:)... ...

## Part 3: Setting the wedge

05-28-2011 06:06 PM by | 15 comments »

Let’s cut some wedge stock. Using Mads and Div’s advice, I used the removed stock to plan my wedge. I’m using walnut after Div explained that the oily wedge (cocobolo) I was planning might give me difficulty. I gave myself some room to sand; hence the feeler gauge you see. I want the wedge to terminate around the iron, low profile, so I don’t have much wiggle room. I’ve officially justified a moving sandpaper station with this project (New tool victory...

## Part 4: Fit and Finish

05-29-2011 01:50 PM by | 5 comments »

I made my deadline, Wanye! The plane is making shavings. Strangely, the iron seems a bit brittle. I might revisit the primary bevel and see what’s available to me. Thanks to Div and Mads for the inspiration!

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