I guess my definition of “Soon” is somewhat lax lol I had mentioned before (5 months ago, in this blog post I had taken some extra pictures and I would do a follow up on how I set up the various skates of the #55 to make the molding profile I had been testing out.
So this is the profile I had been using:
There are up to 3 skates on the #55 ( I used all 3 on this profile, but only two with the smaller version of it).
First is the skate that’s on the main casting. I set the iron depth in the #55 to be where you would expect a #45 to be, or any other plow plane.
Then there is the sliding skate. The sliding skate on the #55 is much like that of a #45 or #45. The big difference between the #55 and those, however, is that it can also be adjusted up or down, as well as in or out on the rods.
I start by setting the sliding skate to be close to the outside edge of the iron
After the horizontal position is set and locked in, I adjust the vertical height, and position it just below the edge of the iron (ideally the same distance as the main skate and iron)
And lastly, there is an additional skate that can be used in between the other two skates. It is also height adjustable, and gets set in a similar way. Unfortunately I don’t have many other detailed pictures of the actual setting up of the plane, just the skate positions.
And that’s it, off and running. For the two smaller profiles I did not use the 3rd (center) skate, only on the largest one.
My approach is to set the iron in the main skate, and then set the sliding skate to the lowest outside point on the iron (in this case, the very outside has a fillet after the bead). Then I pick another arbitrary spot in the middle of the iron for the center skate (it is limited in how close to the sliding skate it can get, since that’s what it’s attached to).
Hopefully someone finds this useful. Once I get the new shop finished, set up, and get things rolling again I can do some more combination plane related blogs. They’re probably my favorite planes to use (and probably why I have so many…)