A pair of infill shoulder planes #2: Update

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Blog entry by Ripthorn posted 05-30-2013 01:22 AM 2336 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Alright, I know it has been a long time since I posted on this, but here are the answers to your most pressing questions: no I didn’t die, no I did not quit on these, and yes I have a life that frequently pulls me away from projects in the shop :).

So you really just want to see what they look like first, right? Here we are as of tonight:

So now for some updates. Things have gone pretty well on these, but allow me to make a few notes. Here are the lessons I have learned the hard way:

- A metal blade bed is actually a good idea. The wood tends to move when getting peened in place and I think it is better controlled with a better blade bed.
- Even the best laid plans have their twists, so even pre-cutting the escapements there was considerable work here. Expect to go through a lot of sandpaper here. Or, you can get yourself a carbide burr for the dremel and make relatively quick work of it. I cannot sing the praises of these things enough. I got a 1/4” diameter burr with 1/8” shank, double cut, for about $5 on ebay. At about 15,000 RPM, this thing eats steel for breakfast. This is so superior to the aluminum oxide stones I used on my last plane, it is simply unbelievable. It has already lasted for two planes and still has plenty of life left in it. One important thing to note, and I can’t stress this enough, it does not generate dust, it generates tiny shards of steel. These will get embedded in your skin very quickly if you aren’t careful, don’t ask how I ask.
- Be very careful where you place your rivets. On one of the planes, one of the rivets was placed right where the final shape needed to be, so there is a slight imperfection to it. Needless to say, that’s the plane I’m keeping.
- Precision ground steel is AWESOME!

That’s about it for now, just a brief update really, as most all the actual work and techniques I have used were covered in my last series.

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

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Don W

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#1 posted 05-30-2013 02:43 AM

it sucks when a rivet winds up in a empty space. Ask me how I know?

Nice job Brian!! I love watching these builds

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

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#2 posted 05-30-2013 02:30 PM

+1 to what Don said, I love seeing these beautiful tools take shape.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 05-30-2013 03:56 PM

As someone who has spent the last 20+ years welding,grinding, and machining metal with a growing love of the beauty of wood i must say beautiful ! i just finished reading your first post last night and this one this morning. I found myself smiling and going back to look at the hole process again . Thanks for posting. Its given me ideas that’s helped give my wife gray hair for years now.

-- If life was simpler Id probably have even less time to do what I wanted

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