|Project by TOPO||posted 11-16-2014 08:09 PM||2473 views||4 times favorited||9 comments|
here my last project. I always wanted to build my own plane so I started the project to build one following the great book from David Finck. It was a great guidance and in the web I was able to find millions of videos describing every step, so I have plenty of information to start with.
As usual, I wanted to build everythin by myself, including the blade and the cap iron. I ended up buying some high carbon stell, forging and tempering by myself in a homemade forge (that by itself was a very funny project), and shaping it so I ended with a 5mm blade and a 3mm cap iron.
Wood used was Zebrawood with a sole insert made of Ipe to avoud excessive wearing, plus a birmanian teak wedge to hold all that securely.
Fisnihed hand sanding it up to 400 grit, homemade danish oil recipe and then buffed to a satin finish with tripoli compound and carnauba wax.
I´ve not yet sharpened the iron, so the fluffy shaving should wait a bit more… I was just eager to post this as this was my first polished item and I was really proud of the result :-)
Shape is very pleasant to my hand and weight is heavy enough, in fact I was surprised by the density of the zebra wood, initially I was expecting to be much lighter!
Fitting the wedge was the most tricky piece, so I ended up with three attemps prior to get the perfect one. Unexpectedly the cross pin was a breeze to turn in the lathe.
Bed angle is 55º, I was aiming to avoid tearout in tropical woods, will tell you how good is at it.
Did I tell you that to adjust it I built a brass hammer? This is what I love about woodworking, you start a project that leads to another, and another, and another….
soooo, next one will be a jointer, a jack, and block, maybe a low angle rabbet..who knows!
Any question is welcome, I am not a plane building expert, but maybe some of my errors will save you some time :-)
Best from Spain!
-- El Topo, Madrid (Spain)