My dog ate my homework

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Project by tejon posted 11-07-2014 02:43 PM 1923 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Update: 20 Nov 2014: I fixed up the damage to the plane, and it is a little shorter but not enough to matter to function. Because we have already awarded the plane to our lecturer, I can upload the images from after we engraved it. The last image, with the ruler in it is the old version; the first four are of the repaired plane.

This past weekend, I made the handplane to be given out as part of an annual lectureship award. Every year we give an award to a woodworking educator and invite him or her to come give a lecture. We present them with a handmade, engraved plane. Somehow, I got tasked with making the plane this year.

The body is mahogany, and the sole is ebony. It uses the Veritas block plane adjuster and blade sold by Lee Valley. I spent most of an afternoon shaping and scraping and finishing.

This afternoon I came home to grab the thing, which was sitting in the middle of my kitchen table, to take it to be engraved. Unfortunately, it seems my dog had been feeling neglected and had jumped up, grabbed the plane and nothing else, brought it down to the floor and proceeded to chew the heck out of it. Sigh. I was lucky I had snapped a photo when I did.

The good news is that my dog did not manage to cut herself of the extremely sharp PM-V11 blade and that with a lot of work, the piece is rescue-able. It will be smaller, but as long as the engraving fits on it and it looks good… these things happen.

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Jim Rowe

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#1 posted 11-07-2014 02:56 PM

I just finished looking at the Veritas kit and wondered what it would look like as a finished plane! Thanks for solving my problem. You did a nice job.

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

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#2 posted 11-07-2014 04:11 PM

Very nice plane, and now it has a great story to go with it. Also, thanks for posting, because I didn’t know this kit existed. I’ve been hesitant to make my own plane because I really like the adjustment mechanisms on Stanleys and Veritas planes – now I can have my cake and eat it too. Thank you!

-- "Those who are not dissatisfied will never make any progress" - Dr. Shigeo Shingo

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#3 posted 11-07-2014 05:52 PM

Hah, I’ve never heard of a dog eating a plane. I’m glad you could rescue it. The mahogany looks really elegant on it. How do you like the veritas kit?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#4 posted 11-07-2014 06:17 PM

Thank you for the nice words. Overall, the Norris-style adjuster from Veritas is quite nice. I found a few things:

1. The brass crossbar is the perfect thickness to install in a 1/4 inch hole without need to any epoxy.

2. Instructions have you using the bandsaw to slice off the cheeks. I found a glue line blade on the tablesaw worked well. I could really dial in the width of the infill for a perfect fit around the iron. For safety’s sake, I left my blank a bit long until I’d had a chance to push it through the saw.

3. The adjuster screw is none too long. The knob sits almost right up against the iron. If you build a lever cap that’s too long, you’ll have a hard time inserting it. Same is true if you move the crossbar up the bed a bit.

4. The cup the accepts the pivot has to be installed in a 7/8” hole in the bed. The placement of that cup is the only measurement that needs to be super precise. It affects the position of the full extension of the iron out of the mouth AND if it’s not perfectly centered in the bed, the pivoting action will be off, due to how the lever cap knob rests on the iron.

5. Mahogany looks great, but with the ebony sole I had to be very careful not to get any ebony dust into the grain of the mahogany.

6. Because you can’t possibly glue the cheeks on in perfect alignment, if you have a different color sole, the interface between body and sole will not line up 100% perfectly at the front and back of the plane. I put a decorative chamfer on the lower corners to hide any misalignment.

7. Dogs don’t like to feel neglected any more than spouses do. Give them their due.

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Troy Cleckler

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#5 posted 11-07-2014 10:11 PM

Oh, poor dog. I know you are gonna miss her. Just kidding, of course. That plane looks good. Maybe one day I’ll get the chance to try my hand at it. Good job.

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....

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#6 posted 11-07-2014 10:43 PM

things like this…well the plane could be remade…or fixed in this case, loved pets are not replaceable…glad there was no injury from the blade, that could have been bad news….you did a great job on the plane..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 11-08-2014 12:25 AM

Totally fits that the dog ate the teacher’s plane! Glad you were able to save it, it’s a nice looking plane.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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