Low angel shoulder plane
Making a blade from another plane iron.
This is the second part of the blog, in last part the plane body was made.
This is where we will end, Div’s shoulder plane on top, then mine and finally what this part is about; the plane iron.
Since I have a handful of block plane irons I got for next to nothing, I will ‘kill’ one of these.
Measure the width of your shoulder plane and add a little for later tuning (I added 1mm).
Draw this on your plane iron (what ever iron you have).
Find the length of the wide part of the blade by measure the deepness of the mouth and the hole for shaves, as shown on the illustration.
Mark this length on the blade also.
I use a Dremmel tool for cutting the blade and hold my finger on the iron to feel when it is so hot it needs to be cooled down. Be especially careful on this part, since this will be the cutting part of the blade.
(You can probably guess now what the reason for the size on my plane was).
Tome to make the part of the blade that will be inside the body, so measure the width of the hole for the wedge.
Mark this out on the blade.
Can you see it?
And notice I use a none slip ruler after.
Now mark up these lines, I use a hard point to do this, so it will be easy to trace with the Dremmel.
And also the shoulders of the iron.
Cut, cut and cut and dip once in a while when too hot.
I used 11 of the thin cutting discs before I was done
(If you stop just before you cut through the metal you will use less discs, and then you can break the last part of this is a easy trick.
This is what it should end up like.
Now correct the sides.
Flatten the back of the iron.
And here we are!
And here where it fits right in.
That’s it for now, I will probably add side bevels to the blade later when I sharpen the blade at the final tuning.
I do like to shape on that water grinder it is pure pleasure.
A link to my blog on how to make a adjustable shoulder plane iron from a spade drill:
Next part will be opening the mouth, and making the wedge.
I hope this blog can inspire others to go for a low angel shoulder plane, or any plane at all, the satisfaction by making your own plane is priceless.
Thank you div for playing with me my brother.
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.