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Blog entry by Philip Edwards posted 02-23-2007 10:05 PM 841 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Folks
Friday at last!!
Well this week has been busy, and it certainly is good to be busy when you have to pay the mortgage. You’ll also be pleased to hear I managed to spend a little time in the workshop today, too.
First things first – the drawer bottom plane. Done, tested, happy. Some pretty pictures here for you. Made from steamed pear and with an adjustable fence this plane is a copy of one I picked up a while ago. It is a fun plane to use (although it would be better with nickers – cue the MK II version) and so simple its a joy. This one is off to a friend again so I’d better get some more pictures for posterity. ;)

Glued up the remaining bits and pieces of my fluted table. With luck tomorrow will see me gluing the table together leaving just the drawer to complete. I can’t wait to get the oil out for this one!
So the weekend is here – enjoy!
Cheers
Phil



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Ethan Sincox

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#1 posted 02-23-2007 10:55 PM

Phil, don’t tease. Your “Pretty Pictures” link isn’t working!

Love the idea of the drawer bottom plane, although I can’t honestly say I’ve ever heard of that kind of specialty plane. Is that a common one in your area?

Might it also work well as a plane for inlaying banding?

Looking forward to seeing those pretty pictures!

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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#2 posted 02-23-2007 11:45 PM

Darn – sorted now. Sorry, Ethan.
No, not a common plane but a very handy one!
Cheers
Phil

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#3 posted 02-23-2007 11:49 PM

Phil,
Yes, working now. Much better! :) Does “steamed” translate into “kiln-dried” in Americanese?

What is the purpse of the metal plate in front and back of the iron?

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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#4 posted 02-24-2007 12:27 AM

Ethan
Yes it is kiln dried and they also steam the timber during the process, much like black walnut.
The metal plate (or skate) is the sole of the plane. As the groove the plane makes can be quite deep the sole of the plane would prevent it cutting so the skate allows a deeper cut. It is similar to the metal combi planes like the #45 and #50.
Hope this helps
Phil

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#5 posted 02-24-2007 01:27 AM

Awesome work. I love planes. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.

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#6 posted 02-24-2007 12:21 PM

I agree with DaveC. Awesome work! Some day when I get time I’m going to try and make a plane like yours. I have bought a few wood planes from a company called http://www.knight-toolworks.com/ check his out. You might get some ideas. Thanks for sharing.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#7 posted 02-24-2007 02:30 PM

Thanks Dave, Roger!
I do have one of Steve Knights smoothers, nice planes and great value.
Cheers
Phil

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#8 posted 02-24-2007 03:45 PM

Roger, There is no try. There is do or do not. Make a plane. Even if it isnt as nice or as good, make it. That way you’ll know what a plane maker has to go through. I took the first step, I bought the steel. I’m wanting to make a smoother, but I’m plane dumb and I’m not sure what kind of wood to use and how long to make it.

But Phil is the man and I’m sure he’ll tell me all the stuff I need to know.

I also don’t have a grinder so I’m patiently waiting

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#9 posted 02-24-2007 04:37 PM

Obi
Very kind – here goes!
You need a tough wood, something like beech or maple. Use whatever you have sat around the workshop, just to get the feel of making a plane. A great way to start is to try a “Krenov” style plane. There are some instructions here…..

Hope this helps
Phil

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