A Roman Plane - my 21st century re-creation #2: Finishing the plane body

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Blog entry by YorkshireStewart posted 06-08-2008 01:49 PM 2717 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ivory proved difficult to source <g>, so I chose a piece of sycamore that was to hand. I thought the colour wasn’t too different & it’s quite nice to work. Again deviating from the Roman approach I resawed and cut out the throat block, forming the quite steep 65° ramp.


The sycamore infill ready to try in its soleplate.



Removing the waste for the finger-holds.


And smoothing with shop-made sanding sticks.


Here the body is beginning to be shaped.




Modified coach-bolts are utilised as the body-to-soleplate securing rivets.



-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 06-08-2008 01:52 PM

looking good Stewart.

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#2 posted 06-08-2008 02:12 PM

This is really interesting.

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#3 posted 06-08-2008 03:12 PM

this is looking great. its really coming along to!

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#5 posted 06-08-2008 06:44 PM

Great looking job so far!

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#6 posted 06-08-2008 10:54 PM

This is very fascinating, it looks great!

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