prototype Scaper plane

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Blog entry by Dandog posted 02-12-2011 08:40 PM 1078 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was wondering how you finish your shop made planes?The blade is set at 70 degrees but you can go is high as 90.I wanted to see if it would work without a blade deflector.The woods used are purple hart for the sole.Pudauk on top of that(will see how straight it will stay ).Red oak for the sides an frog. The front Handle nob is a cut off from a Louisville slugger bat.My Friend went to the factory and brought a couple back for I’m guessing Ash.The handle is walnut and pine.

I tried it on a Redwood fence board real rough and a piece of re-sawn purple hart. The blade is a peace of.180 stainless.

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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#1 posted 02-12-2011 08:56 PM

Interesting plane! Does it work well? I am fortunate to have a Stanley #80 scraper plane that I use. I finish my wooden planes with a few coats of boiled linseed oil. Thin the first coat around 50% with mineral turpentine. Maybe a coat or 2 of wax as well. Danish oil, tung oil or any other oil product will work equally well.

How does the stainless do as a blade? I would have thought it too hard for turning a hook?

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

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#2 posted 02-12-2011 09:07 PM

I have never used any other ,but the purple hart that was resawn on the band saw had some burn marks seem to smooth it rite chatter I put a little leather in between the frog and blade.Thanks for the tip. The stainless was quenched and is holding an edge.Seems to work pretty good.There is a burr on it that seem to work but it might work better with a replacement scraper blade.

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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Tim Dahn

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#3 posted 02-13-2011 11:59 PM

Love shop-made tools, you may find this of interest.

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-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#4 posted 02-27-2011 04:33 PM

I also use a #80 cabinet scraper, but can see some advantages to a scaraper plane. A fine job thanks for the idea of me building one. It looks like you could have a little more control and still get the aggressiveness of the #80 scraper.

-- Measure twice, cut once, and hope for the best.

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