Well, with all the wood planes being made and refurbished, I decided to try my hand on a little rebate plane. I chose the rebate plane to do first because I am learning Mortise and Tenon joinery and some of my tenons needed tuning. My first step was to make the blade. I picked a 1 inch spade bit after checking the prices on some A2 steel. It took a lot of grinding to flatten out the shaft and grind off the shaped drill section.
I had some cocobolo that I planned to use but it was just too narrow, 5/8”. So I glued up a couple of pieces of mahogany I had on hand and set up the bandsaw and cut it length wise for three slices.
I laid out the angles and cut the center section after drilling four alignment holes for the brass pins.
I then glued everything back together.
Then I shaped and sanded everything and gave it two coats of finishing wax.
And here is the bottom view of the business “end” of the plane.
It did not take as long to made as I had anticipated, and actually wish it had taken longer as I had a lot of jun with this little plane. I still need to get the blade sharper and I am interested in finding out how long the blade will hold an edge in use.
For the wedge, I used a piece of tiger wood that was on hand.
And a special thanks to Div for the inspiration and help in getting into this little project.
I would like to hear your commits and critiques. Thanks for looking, Rand