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Infill Block Plane--Wooden Prototype by Jim

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Project by quicksilver posted 08-22-2014 07:39 PM 1985 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the quest to learn to build a traditional infill style planes, I constructed a wooden prototype to sharpen both design and building skills. I have long yearned to build infill planes, but have little in the way of metal working skills.

This plane was constructed of white oak for the sides and sole, jarrah for the infill and purple heart for the lever cap. The hardware is all off-the-shelf from the local hardware store. The blade is a Hock, ordered for the purpose of an infill plane. Bedding angle is 55 degrees. Dovetails were cut with a small saw and then filed to fit.

Please note “memos to self” written on the plane sides, as I plan to save this for future reference. While it was never designed to actually function or be a show piece, I am proud that it actually cuts shavings.

It is my intent to now to progress to mild steel and then tool steel and brass or bronze. We’ll see how it goes!!!

-- Quicksilver





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ksSlim

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#1 posted 08-22-2014 08:54 PM

Great idea.
I too want to build an infill but am unsure of my metal working abilities.
I’m not too bad with a forge and anvil, but that doesn’t require much precision.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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luv2learn

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#2 posted 08-23-2014 12:03 AM

I admire your thought processes through this build. Great first step, you will only get better from here.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Don W

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#3 posted 08-23-2014 12:27 AM

I built my first infill using a bench plane sole. I think the work to fit the wood was harder then just building the next infill.

Good luck with the “real” build. its frustrating at times when you don’t have the right tools, but the end results are worth it.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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Jim Rowe

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#4 posted 08-23-2014 08:21 AM

Great idea with your prototype and added notes. You will find some really useful stuff on making small infill planes in metal on Bill Carter’s site http://www.billcarterwoodworkingplanemaker.co.uk He makes exquisite small planes in metal with wood inserts. You can find step by step guides in the various projects he describes. Well worth a visit.
Good luck!
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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