So its almost New Year and I,m planing my projects for the next 12 months and one of those is a set of bench planes. I have a number 3 and 5 from Stanley, a block lane from Stanley and a copy of a Record rebate plane from Rolson all of which are ok to start with but I,m keen to make something a bit different. I have all the info I need to make the bodies so thats not a problem, what i can,t find here in the Philippines is the irons. I could order some from hock or lee valley but there is two problems with that plan.
Firstly I dont have a credit card, so ordering anything online aint an option and secondly I dont have any money! seriously (its a long story)
So i was thinking about making my own. Have any of you lumber jocks done this? I was thinking of using steel from old car leaf springs! its good stuff and must be better than the paper thin ones in my current tools, so how would it perform?
Any thoughts, comments or ideas would be appreciated.
-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand