Panel Raising Plane #2: Cutting the angle

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Blog entry by brianl posted 01-13-2012 05:52 PM 6792 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Getting started Part 2 of Panel Raising Plane series Part 3: The sides »

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

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#1 posted 01-16-2012 05:54 AM

I love this. You have taken a plane that was dead and added other parts to it to become something different. Wonderful. Now if you lived in a castle and had a servant named Egor we would have to call it Frankinplane. JK;) Keep us posted you have my attention. I to have been wanting to do hand planed panels but I have had the same issues as yourself. The ones that are out there are expensive. Great post.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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