Wooden Hand Plane #2: Initial glue up

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Blog entry by damnHippie posted 09-01-2008 12:36 AM 1517 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I don’t have a band saw, so I had to trust my less-than-accurate table saw, and I got to play around with my new jig saw.

I followed the steps outlined in David Marks’ European Hand Plane episode. I had to use my table saw to cut the cheeks and the two angles on the body. Then I used the jigsaw to cut the curve. Unfortunately the blade deflected during the cut, so it took a lot of filing and sanding to get it back to semi-true.

All glued up and nowhere to go.

Next I need to drill the holes for the dowel, and cut the shim. Then I’ll cut the body to length, and then shape the body (without a band saw this will be minimal).

I still don’t know what this wood is. It is very heavy, and has streaks of harder grain and softer grain. This makes it very hard to joint, plane, scrape and sand. I don’t think this was the best choice of wood for a hand plane, but I plan on building another one once I get a band saw.

-- 10 fingers, 2 eyes, and healthy lungs. for now. :P

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#1 posted 09-01-2008 12:38 AM

Nice looking. Good luck.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#2 posted 09-01-2008 01:33 AM

Looks good!

Thanks for the post


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#3 posted 09-01-2008 03:16 AM

I just put a new blade on my band saw. If you want to come over any night this week, I’ll be home. Plus I still have your belt sander!

I also have a couple of Low angle block plane blades for you to make your next plane with!


-- When my wife ask's what I have to show for my wood working hobby, I just show her the splinters.

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