I made my first plane!
I used the blade from one of those old wooden planes I had. As you can see I had a variety of these old planes with different style blades. Straight, concave, and a couple different radii of convex blades:
Here are some progress photos…
Making the Body:
I started out with a block of Koa that I got on our honeymoon in Kauai, Hawaii.
Look, two plane bodies!
I used the width of the blade as a guide to cut my block into slabs.
I am basing my design from instructions in various books from James Krenov. Here I am checking and drawing the angles for the mouth:
And cut them on the bandsaw:
I had to run one of the triangle pieces on my router table to create the space for the screw that holds chip breaker on to the iron.
Making the Pin:
Now, I don’t have a lathe. So I had to get creative to make the round ends of the pin. I used a plug cutting bit on my drill press. I think this would be faster and easier than a lathe anyway. This ensures that both ends are the same and I know that they are exactly 1/2” so I can use a 1/2” drill bit to drill the holes.
I finished shaping the pin (rounding over the top) with a chisel.
Finally I glued it up:
Here is the glued up body:
I ran the plane upside-down through my thickness sander to carefully flatten the sole and open the throat until it was just right:
Shaping the body:
I first rough cut the basic shape on the bandsaw:
And after a lot of hand shaping I ended up with this:
Sorry, I didn’t take photos of the blade shaping process. but I cut the blade and chip breaker shorter, shaped it on the disk sander, and sharpened it on my WorkSharp.
And HERE is the finished project:
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