Brass Inlay Plane

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Project by Edward E Nock II posted 02-23-2009 10:37 PM 4104 views 13 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this plane about two years ago. The plans and instructions were in ShopNotes #79. The 3/16” sides & sole have 3/16” x 3/4” finger joints, which are later soldered together. I blued the brass and then marked out the fingers, cut them on the table saw, using a 7 degree back slope carbide tooth blade. The sides were profiled on the bandsaw. The tote handle & knob are Rosewood, epoxied and set with an 1/4” brass rod. The cap lever is Jatoba. I wasn’t able to find a brass cap lever knob. Maybe one will come my way.


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#1 posted 02-23-2009 11:31 PM

Cool. How was cutting brass on the TS?

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#2 posted 02-23-2009 11:45 PM

Doug….The only thing is ….. IT’S LOUD!!!! Other than that it was realitively easy. The blade was a FREUD IND.
  1. LU89M010, 10” , 1/8” kerf, 72T w/ -7 degree hook, Non-Ferrous only.



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#3 posted 02-23-2009 11:48 PM

That is a beautiful piece of work Ed. If you really want a brass LC knob drop by this fellows site (linked below) and email him with what you need. He’s been very helpful to me when I run into a hard to find piece.

Bob Kaune

-- JMP

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#4 posted 02-24-2009 12:10 AM

Ed It looks as good in the pictures as it does in person.

I can attest to the beauty of this plane. He did a great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 02-24-2009 12:20 AM

That is plane fancy! The brass and dark wood work well together.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#6 posted 02-24-2009 02:28 AM


That is a sweet looking plane. Now tell us how it cuts! I bet its like butter. Wait Wait I’m not ready…. Ok now. Go slow and don’t leave out any of the gory details!

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#7 posted 02-24-2009 02:48 AM

Spaids…It’s alittle late in the day….after dinner ….after some WINE….I’ll see you tomorrow. I’ll try to post some shavings.



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#8 posted 02-24-2009 03:28 AM

That’s one beautiful plane Ed, Nice work

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#9 posted 02-24-2009 09:42 AM

Very nice!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#10 posted 02-24-2009 11:46 AM

Maybe you should change youe name from nock to norris! that sure is a sweet plane. I have that issue with the full size patterns, any tricks with the build or is it pretty straightforward?

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#11 posted 02-25-2009 06:48 AM


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#12 posted 03-01-2009 11:12 PM

What an incredible project, very cool!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#13 posted 03-21-2009 03:56 AM

This is just sweet! I have that issue and keep looking at it but never have the gumption to get one started. Maybe this will help.

-- Chris

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#14 posted 10-17-2009 06:37 PM

That plane is still beautiful!!!

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#15 posted 10-18-2009 05:11 AM

This a real Wow plane Ed well done gorgeous.

-- Custom furniture

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