Hand plane fence DIY (for my no 3 and 4) Blog
Making your own fence for any metal handplane.
I decided to take up the challenge of making a fence for my hand planes, this time I made one that will fit my no. 3 and no 4 Stanley and Record planes.
The next one I build will be for the larger no. 6 and 7, but you can follow this DIY for every size.
Hardwood or plywood in a good quality.
(A) 6mm thick; app. 20 cm (8 inch) by 15 cm / 6 inches
(B) 6mm thick; app. 20 cm (8 inch) by 10 cm / 4 inches
(C) 4mm thick; app. 20 cm (8 inch) by 5 cm (2 inch)
The size is up to you, I gave the fence some height to secure stability.
If you want to use it on low boards, you might need to make a lower fence.
(The operation is then just a cut to make this adjustment later).
A handle for the fence, can be just a round stock (I have posted also a blog how to make one).
Some strong rare earth magnets.
Glue, epoxy, and wood glue.
This is what we are going for.
Place the plane on the biggest board (A), and press the smaller (A) up to the bed, now center it under the plane. Mark where the mouth is going to be on the (B) board, and sketch up the lines of the plane body.
Cut out grove for the blade.
It should look like this (perhaps a little less deep, since it can catch some wood).
(Yes I know I need to flatten the bed of this plane, I’m really ashamed – sorry).
So now I’m in trouble… Forgot to take pictures!
But I’ll explain what happened;
Draw up the profile of the plane on the smallest 4mm board©, and offset the line app 1 cm / 3/8 inch up.
Glue this profile to the top of the big (A) board. (Make sure the sole and the side of the board are perpendicular).
Drill holes for the rare earth magnets, just so deep that the are level with the fence.
Fill epoxy glue in the holes.
Clean the rare earth magnets with degreaser like alcohol and sand really gently on the back, before mounting them in the holes.
Set them in level with the surface or just under, and dry of access glue right away (or you will be in trouble).
Now make sure the plane are pushed right up to the top profile, and re draw the line for the lover fence board (B).
Wax your plane carefully to avoid any glue to stick to it.
Use your little grease box I’m sure you will have made by now…
Here you see the parts at this stage.
Clean up the edge of the top, this can also be done later.
Ad wood glue to the back of the lover fence board.
Push the lover board up as far as possible, so you make sure of a tight fit.
(As you can see I used a mallet, and my lover board was too long).
Clamp and wait until dry.
In the mean while we can enjoy the wonderful burl Jamie send me from Scotland, I look at it every day with a big smile (Thank you again Jamie).
And now to something new!!!
A knob for the fence, and I agree this one is a little heavy…
So I made a blog: Drill press turning making a plane knob.
Here it’s time for some trim cuts of the fence, to its faster than to remove glue and you will not see your mistakes after (I’m sure you will make some – I did).
And now we are back to the knob again, the piece of wood from before are now looking like this.
And now like this after oil and wax, ohhh yes and a little Swedish coin (It must be Swedish to be straight I’m sure).
Drill a hole for the knob, and find a good screw that will secure a tight hold (If you are really clever this can be done before glue up of the two fence boards, and then you can make it hidden – I was not that clever).
Knob mounted on fence and ready for some of that wax from my grease box .
Give the whole fence a good cover.
The fence and the hand plane.
(Now with a covered up knob screw – plastic wood).
Hand plane no. 4 hanging on the fence, held by the rare earth magnets.
And the other side!
On the go!
Wauuuu, I think it became a little handsome after all!
The Swedish coin, just to prove I’m right.
And finally the lonesome cowboy – off into the horizon…
It works perfectly well, so I’m really happy for the try.
I will update the fence with two adjustment screws to set the angel perfect (up’n down).
And I think I’ll buy some bigger rare earth magnets also just to secure a really tight hold for next one I make, even it seems to be enough.
I hope this can be to some inspiration, and perhaps even make some straight edges,
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.