Let's Build an Infill Shoulder Plane! #5: The End

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Blog entry by Ripthorn posted 04-23-2013 02:24 AM 3667 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, we now come to the end of our journey building an infill shoulder plane. What I ended up doing was put some Formby’s tung oil finish on the infill, hit it with some paste wax all over, shorten the blade a little bit, and the illustrious Mr. Wilwol was so kind as to provide the brass knob. I think this one will likely go to my brother. Before the glam shot, I’m going to give a run down of things I’ll be doing differently on the next one.

Things to do differently

- Use precision ground steel
- Don’t do a metal blade ramp
- Don’t use the Lee Valley blade, while there is nothing wrong with it, the narrow tang on the blade caused issues when trying to tighten the lever cap screw and having the iron go to one side for lateral adjustment
- Do some of the shaping before peining, including rough cutting the escapement and sole pieces (allows for achieving a tighter mouth, especially important for bevel up planes)

Well, that is about all I can think of off the top of my head. In all, it took about 23 hours to make this. And now, the glam shot:

Thanks for joining me, keep an eye out for my next blog series about the new infills!

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#1 posted 04-23-2013 02:25 AM

Looks like it turned out great.

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#2 posted 04-23-2013 03:04 AM

Yea, I would be giving my brother my second best stuff too…
Seriously though, your brother is lucky getting a fantastic hand made plane like that.

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#3 posted 04-23-2013 02:58 PM

Awesome job.

-- Joel

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#4 posted 04-23-2013 04:32 PM

Very nice!!

I’d be happy to drive any of your second best.

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#5 posted 04-23-2013 10:50 PM

well done

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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