Now all the sides are finished ,it is time to make the soles . These are made from 1/4”cold rolled steel ,first the plates are machined to the required width and then surface ground to be perfectly flat.
The dovetails are now machined on the milling machine,back to back, two at a time.
I machine a rebate on the sole to provide a positive stop for the sides
Next the mouth is machined on the mill ,in this case to 18 degrees.
The dovetails have the appearance of being dovetailed on both side plates and the sole, this is achieved by filing the sole plate, I use a 3 sided triangular file that has been ground flat on one edge, (so as not to mark the bottom of the sole dovetail)
Here is a pic of all the finished components, next time piening the dovetails.
Thanks for looking