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A Roman Plane - my 21st century re-creation #1: Preparing some steelwork

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Blog entry by YorkshireStewart posted 2225 days ago 2765 reads 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It must be about four years since I first had a vague idea of reproducing this Roman plane from around the second century AD. The original has an ivory infill body, and is remarkably complete. I gained permission from the curator of the Guildhall Museum in Beverley, East Yorkshire, England, to take some measurements and photographs when the plane was removed from its environmentally controlled cabinet for its periodic inspection.

This blog is where I originally touched on the subject, and here is the finished project.

Roman Plane 1

Roman Plane 2

My method of construction is very very different from the craftsman of 1800 years ago (!) and is perhaps unorthodox, but it suits the materials I had around as well as the limited skills I possess, especially in the metalworking field. Blacksmithing certainly isn’t in my repertoire, so I chose to fabricate the soleplate

Here, I have roughly cut the sheet steel and angle with a cutting disc in the angle grinder.

Roman Plane 3

Roman Plane 4

Beginning to rivet (and epoxy) the main soleplate components using the dome-headed rivets I had to hand. Countersunk ones would have been better.
Roman Plane 5

Ten rivets in place. The sole plate is set against the archaeologist’s drawings of the original plane.

Roman Plane 6

The soleplate marked out ready for cutting the mouth. More handfiling than I have ever done since school has brought the edges to a decent state.

Roman Plane 7

Squaring up the mouth and filing the 65° angle.
Roman Plane 8

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WayneC

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#1 posted 2225 days ago

Very interesting. I will be watching this one as you make progress.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Grumpy

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#2 posted 2225 days ago

Some amazing history there Stewart. Thanks for sharing. I am amazed it had a metal sole, was it bronze?.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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YorkshireStewart

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#3 posted 2225 days ago

I’ll try to upload some more details today Wayne. It’s actually iron Grumpy. There are several Roman planes in existence with iron soles, but I believe this is the most complete.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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#4 posted 2225 days ago

Thanks sir.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Grumpy

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#5 posted 2225 days ago

Of course, makes a lot of sense.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 2225 days ago

Thanks for the post, Yorkie. This is going to be a nice reproduction when you are finished with it.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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WayneC

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#7 posted 2225 days ago

Are you going to share it with the musem?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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teenagewoodworker

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#8 posted 2225 days ago

this is very cool! i think that my history teacher would love to see this!

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YorkshireStewart

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#9 posted 2225 days ago

Wayne – The curators are visiting me next week to see the tool in action. They’re really interested & I might end up presenting it to them when I’ve had time to enjoy it.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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#10 posted 2225 days ago

Stewart, you always have the most interesting projects.

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#11 posted 2225 days ago

This should be good!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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SteveKorz

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#12 posted 2225 days ago

Wow Stewart, this is fantastic…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Kipster

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#13 posted 2203 days ago

This has been the best history lesson I have had the pleasure to read since joining LJ’s

Thanks for the post.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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YorkshireStewart

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#14 posted 2203 days ago

Thanks Kip (and everyone) for your comments.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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