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Blog entry by canadianchips posted 03-08-2012 09:56 PM 6185 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished it. I converted an old wood plane into a panel raiser. The base of the plane was angled at 10 degree’s, I shaped the blade to match the profile I needed.(Painfully filing,grinding,always touching the tip with my fingers, my belief if I can touch it, the temper will not be lost) Realizing the mouth was way to wide I had to remove the front bottom portion of plane. I put in a new piece of walnut to close the mouth of the plane. The fence is made from walnut as well. I tried several attempts to cut, each time I would make 1 or 2 cuts the blade would DULL quickly. I resharpen only to have it dull again. BRING OUT the torch. I was once told that years ago these old blades were only tempered close to edge. The blade was worn close to slot hole and I had removed even MORE for this profile.I re-tempered the blade (as best I could, I no longer have the rosebud that I knew would heat it up to how I wanted. Patience and it finally reached the almost yellow glow I was hoping for. Cooled it in oil. Re sharpened it and “WOW” . IT cuts quite nicely, keeps the edge. It does need work…..I did not put a nicker on it. IT Needs that.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#1 posted 03-08-2012 11:35 PM

Wow, nice plane. Good to see some special purpose planes being made. How is it on the cross grain?


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#2 posted 03-09-2012 12:28 AM

Sweet plane! I’ve never attempted tempering an iron, but it sounds like fun. For a nicker you can use an exacto knife blade.

Thanks for the post.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 03-09-2012 12:57 AM

thanks for sharing the idea
always great to see new life comes back to old tools

enjoy your new toy :-)


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#4 posted 03-09-2012 01:22 AM

Wolfarmer, The blade is skewed a bit. (More would be better) it is so so on cross grain, hoping the knicker leesens the tearout. Thanks Brandon. I was thinking of shaping a piece of keystck. Your idea seems easier. Dennis: We are enjoying our TOYS !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#5 posted 03-09-2012 01:24 AM

That is cool….post in the planes thread.. :-)

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#6 posted 03-09-2012 06:24 PM

cool. I did something similar a while back.

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#7 posted 03-09-2012 11:44 PM

Technically, you only hardened it. Tempering is where you heat it and control the cooling rate so that its not too brittle.
Tempering on Wikipedia

Don’t worry everybody seems to get the terms wrong ;)

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#8 posted 03-10-2012 12:19 AM

Looks like it does the job,good work.

-- Custom furniture

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