Small hand planes
more of MaFe’s fooling arround making them…
So I spend some wonderful hours in the sun, Copenhagen are really in the mood for springtime now, I think a few woman will have a cold wearing too little clothes and I have a wee pain in my neck from the disturbance…
But also a warm and happy smile on my lips.
Ok where did we stop?
Ohhh yes the glue were drying.
So lets go somewhere new…
Here marking the shape of the sole for a convex from front to back mini plane, flat sideways.
Compass plane I believe it’s called, even I have no idea where the compass points, since I once again make this one free hand and free of heart.
Shaping on the disc sander making sure I hold it 90 degrees.
(Otherwise the mouth will be off center).
Also shaping the sides.
Am I the only one thinking of clogs now?
Ok we better do something about that.
Prefer to think of a boat and not clogs.
I use a bolt cutter, this is fast. ;-)
Shaping one end flat and the other pointed so I can pin it through the plane body.
Kind of sweet.
Iron from a old file.
Ohhh yes and in my hand again…
It is called a hand plane after all.
First couple of planes can stand next to DIVs planes and some of my own.
Here rounding the sole on a half round.
Side to side, straight length wise.
Nice end grain here.
Shaping a iron for the half round plane.
Free hand sharpening on the water grinder.
That’s a good fit in my world.
Ohh yes back to that chisel plane.
I did make a chisel plane long ago, but that was a different version and different story.
Just thought it would be cool to be able to have this in the tool roll, when bringing the chisels, in this way there are always a chance for some detailed work.
If it will work…
We will see!
Things are happening in that box.
In the front you see the small block plane I will make.
Think we can agree the iron needs to be shortened.
A wonderful old iron I bought in France.
Perhaps I should call it: Plane of the two roosters.
Glue is dry and the new sole shaped.
Sorry to jump again, or not sorry, just how it was.
Time to cut the French iron.
Cut and shaped.
Fast and easy, plenty of years in this iron.
Back to the palm handle plane idea.
Now a new idea…
Drilling a hole in a palm shaped handle.
(Turned this on the lathe a while back, It’s been waiting for the right project.
Same old story, but not same old song.
This time I will try to drill into the plane body.
A brass rod are added to the handle.
Then we have a new version, where the tension will be on the body, not on the iron and this works!
Yes it works really well.
So sometimes it’s good to make mistakes.
Learning by doing as I think I wrote.
So back to the plane with no iron…
Measure twice cut once and perhaps once more…
I prefer to make it a wee big and then grind to perfect fit.
Like this there are room for mistakes.
Not that I do mistakes…
But I heard of people doing them.
Transfer measure to iron and scratch it into the metal.
I have bad experience with the sharpie, I tend to get too loose on the lines.
With a hard point metal you can scratch deep into the metal.
Then it’s just to cut again.
And enjoy that a worn out Record plane iron will now get a new life.
You see how fine I can follow the line.
When 2/3 through it can be braked of.
Then it’s just fine tuning and fitting to the plane body.
Remember to dip in cold water often so you don’t destroy the heat treatment.
Or burn your fingers.
We got a match!
This time I will try shaping the plane from the users point, forget about esthetics and Krenov for a while.
What do we need when working with a small plane?
To have something to hold on to.
So I try to shape it for maximum grip from all sides.
That gives birth to this design.
I think actually it has a elegancy, funny how function and beauty often go hand in hand.
The eye likes what the hand likes.
Now I need to make it work.
Choosing a contrast color for the wedge here.
After carefully marking where the wedge top are, I can drill a hole just a wee below that line, like this I will have a firm hold on the blade and can shape the wedge after.
Now I can hammer the pin in place.
Pointed where it round through, to avoid tear out and to make it run in the right direction.
Then sanding the pin ends of, be careful not to over heat it, so you burn the wood, then your tight fit will be lost.
Now flat and following the curves of the plane.
If the fit is not perfectly snug, use some epoxy to glue it in place.
Kind of like it, but will think about the wedge shape.
Now it works.
Just for fun, I will make one of the mini plane irons from something you all can get hold of cheap.
A saw blade for a construction saw, pick a thick blade, these you can buy cheap or even better find a used one for free.
Again I mark up the size before cutting.
I have the wedge shape.
It have to be shaped for grip of course if I shall follow my own theory.
Back to cutting.
Save the cut offs, they can be used for a small carving knife, marking knife, marking gauge or what ever your imagination tells you, it is fine steel.
Again I shape it to fit the plane body and I also sand what is going to be the back of the blade, so it can be sharpened properly.
Other side I will leave as is, just for the fun of it.
Like this one fine day, someone might say; look it’s made of a old saw blade.
Perhaps I think too much, but I like to think some of all the work I do, will some day end up in new hands when I am not here any more. Kind of liking the thought of, some of my spirit will pass on and bring some smiles in the future, perhaps it will all end up in the trash, but that’s fine also, I did enjoy the ride.
Sorry back to real life, right now, right here.
Sharpening the little iron.
Again I like to use the water grinder, amazing how much I have used this relatively cheap grinder, I am on my third stone now.
Here are the body that will be housing the blade.
Will shape it as a mini jointer, even this shape will be really bad for the fingers to grip, but this plane will be more about humor and smiles, than practicality. A conversation plane…
Ohhhhhh yes and drilling again for the pin.
Hole in one…
Sawing out the shape.
Her we got it after the body has been shaped and sanded.
Now in my hand and with a wedge.
Hands on woodworking…
Shut up MaFe.
Ok, time to go to bed here, I will see if I can post last part tomorrow.
This blog is dedicate to a old LJ friend DIV , you are missed, but will not be forgotten, often in my thoughts and a special place in my heart.
Hope it can be to some inspiration perhaps even some small planes.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.