After sawing off the sides, it’s time to see about cutting the skew of the blade. After some deliberation I decided on angling the blade 20 degrees. It’s not a large angle, but I felt that a more complex angle would cause a hard time when shaping the blade.
Cutting the frog section was easy. Things got interesting when I was cutting the relief on the nose-piece. Two complex angles – thank god for bevel gauges.
I also started thinking about the slitter. I’ve seen people use old hacksaw blades, jigsaw blades, etc… I was digging around in my plane-parts bin and found a nice little iron that looked like it was almost perfect for a slitter. I grabbed some scrap beech I had and made up a quick peg. Once I get the body of the plane finished I’m going to cut a 3/8” x 3/8” mortise to position the slitter.
But first, determining the shape of the sole!
-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts