After several failed attempts, I have development a new strategy for the CNC hand plane. The travel on my Z axis was making things a little too ‘tight’ for comfort and would drastically limit the flexibility in designs. This one should also allow a whole lot more of that. I’m curious to know what anyone’s thoughts might be. Please leave a comment, drop me a PM, or shoot me a mail. I would love to get some collaboration going too if anyone is interested.
Here are the initial models I’ve created.
1# The basic concept. The overall shape could be modified to suit just about anything you could imagine. The joinery for the laminations will also involve having the CNC drill holes (Visible or invisible from the outside. My/Your choice) through the layers to make assembly simple with dowels or rods. (Hole placement has not been added to these models yet) I’ve also planned to mill ‘cheeks’ to allow for more ease of alignment of the components.
2# Exploded. This is just an exploded model to show the various components that would go into creating ‘CNC Hand Plane Version 2’.
3# This is the actual model that would be imported into my CAM software to generate the toolpaths I’ll need for milling. I though about using thicker wood to limit the amount of slices but with this model, I should be able to make everything from 3/4 inch stock.