I recently posted a project of my first attempt at a plane. I was very happy with the outcome, both appearance and function. After putting it to work on scraps and such to give it a real trial, I’ve found some fatal flaws. I initially blamed the the original designer, which was submitted to Wood Magazine. I then decided that I took too many liberties and caused the error. The big problem is the wedge and rod that secures the iron. The plane sides are not quite .25”. I gave the wedge a a moderate tap and one side split by the wedge rod. I epoxied it back and it happened on the other side a day later. I’m debating between laminating the sides thicker or letting it look pretty on a shelf and starting over. The wedge really doesn’t hold the iron very well. The iron backs out after several swipes. I think the rod might be too far back on the iron. I can’t be certain, but maybe the wedge would hold better if the pressure was closer to the point of force. Any thoughts? All my metal planes have cap screws or such to hold the iron. Wooden planes don’t for the most part, based on what I’ve seen.
-- Jeff, South Carolina