Adjustable shoulder plane iron, made from an old spade drill
Because I had to try!
Ok I know some of you will say ‘he finally lost it’, and you might be right!
I have no reason to make this plane iron at all, I simply had to try!
Ever since I read that you could make a plane iron from a spade drill I had this tempting thought to do it, but not just to do it, but improve it so it would become adjustable also.
Here we go!
I set up a good 12 mm spade drill in my metal vice.
Then a torch with fire to red hot all the way down to 1 cm from the spade.
Put the spade good down in the wise so you will not over heat the spade.
Look red hot!
And then just let it cool down slowly.
Now it is easy to work on the metal.
So shape it up as you want.
And then time to thread that bit.
Remember to use some oil for lubrication.
And adjustment for the shoulders.
Time to cut off the nose… Not your own please.
And shape that blade, while dipping often in water to cool it.
I leave some of the mark for the charm.
Flatten the back.
Create side bevels.
I love to play on the water grinder; it’s my second wheel now in two years.
Create a bevel.
Really sharp – wonderful it seems to hold a nice edge.
And then a hole so you can hang it on the wall after…
That’s it, now I just need to build a third plane where I can use this blade, but for now it’s back to the low angle shoulder plane.
How to make a shoulder plane iron from a normal plane iron: http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/23429
The blog is also how to make a low angle shoulder plane.
Now it’s done, and perhaps someone will beat me on this one, and make a plane that works with it, I will be happy to see that.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.