A very quick installment to confess my sin: I destroyed a wooden, skewed rabbet plane today. Yes, I know, that’s bad. Can it be justified, however, by the fact that it was already modified, not complete AND could be used to resurrect two more useful planes? The skewed rabbet has been around for a couple of years, unused. And crooked. Then I picked up four wooden planes last weekend that included a H&R pair. Owners mark and maker stamps matched on three of them, too. But neither the round nor the square rabbet had a wedge, and the profile needed an iron. Something had to give, so I decided to use the body of the old $5 rabbet to make a new wedge to match the one on the round plane.
I cut the donor on the bandsaw and thinned it with jack planes (#5 and #62).
With some rasp and just bit of sandpaper work, the wedge and finial were done and I could move to the tip of the wedge for final shaping. Because the wedge of a wooden plane is shaped to eject shavings, it’s an important detail. I patterned my ‘new’ one after the one on the hollow.
I used my Diamond Edge butt chisels to remove that material, using them as carvers almost. It was fun working with the beech. Neat stuff!
With all the shaping of the wedge complete, there’s one question to ask: Does the plane work? Yes!
And the ‘family’ is together and complete.
Is it perfect? Well, no. But it’s right, and makes the tool useable. My first attempt, too. So I’m happy. $20 into wooden moulders, and two complete H&R users so far. Next is to use the iron from the donor rabbet in the profile moulder shown on the left, above. It came without an iron, but I hope to reshape the donor into the right profile to get to three planes. More on that later…
As always, thanks for looking!
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