Traditional Chinese Jack plane, part two

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 05-27-2014 12:50 AM 1779 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, here we go

The plane had a few problems, some from the saw guy not following the lines. So, the mouth was extra big

Yep, way too big, and ugly.

two, the wedge was too short, allowing the iron to chatter along. First problem to fix was the mouth opening. Happen to have a cut-off from the plane build. Grain should match. Block was a bit big, and I have no resaw stuff to use. Got out the big stuff

Sat the block right on the bench’s leg, and gave the big chisel a whack or two with the big hammer. First block split ok, but wasn’t wide enough for the patch. Second block was turned 90 degrees, and three whacks made a patch. The block plane did some of the trimming to size, and a 50 grit sander worked on the thickness part. Wanted a taper, thicker by the mouth opening. Next, the finer grade toys, er, tools came out of hiding

Laid out where I wanted the patch, and chopped the waste out. Area was almost flat, a bit of a taper towards the mouth area. Once it would fit, the patch was glued in. Two bar clamps and a big block of oak

Set this mess aside for awhile. Next a wedge, had some other scrap wood

Hey, it was about the right thickness for a new wedge.

The new one is a lot longer than the old one. Went upstairs for awhile, to wait on the glue up to cure. Went back down to the shop. Clamps came off. A 5-1/2 Jumbo Jack plane was run over the patch until it was flush with the sole. I went ahead and flattened the sole, too

Not perfect, but it will do. Worked on the two “tabs” called eyes. These hold the wedge against the iron. Mine were not aligned right. A bit of sawing, and a chisel, eyes now aligned with each other. Except…..this made the new wedge too skinny. Got that scrap out again, and made a full thickness wedge. Nice and fat, too. Adjusted the pointy ends a bit to fit down inside the plane. Then set up a new test track

Just a small stick of hardwood. Instead of the smallish curlie things, we are now making ribbons!

A look at the new & improved (again) wedge in place

While the block plane was handy, gave it a trip on the track as well

Iron is tight in the hole, no chatter. Hammer to adjust things. Iron does sit at about 50-55 degrees, instead of the usual 45 degrees. Makes it a bit harder to shove along. But it do work, now.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 05-27-2014 10:36 AM

Great plane. Love the new wedge.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 05-27-2014 12:45 PM

Great job, Bandit! Ribbons are a wonderful testament to your perseverance!

-- God bless, Candy

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