Purpleheart Infill Smoother

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Project by Ripthorn posted 04-18-2015 12:24 AM 1196 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to build my take on the small smoother that Ron Brese builds. I have had the metal parts since I built my first infills (the sides were left overs from the side pieces of my first infill shoulder plane). I finally got around to it because I am on a year long (or so) hiatus from guitar building, which tends to distract me a lot. Anyway, this was just a prototype build with rough metals and some scrap purpleheart I had kicking around. The vital specs:

- 55 degree bed
- 6” long
- 1 1/2” wide O1 iron, 5/32” thick
- Mild steel all around

This was just a prototype to work out the bugs before building my own. This one, as with all my prototypes, is going to my brother. If you want to see the step-by-step, the blog starts here. This went so well that I built a pair using better steel and Burmese blackwood, as shown in the third picture (project post to come, blog also exists, but will link it in the appropriate project).

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#1 posted 04-18-2015 05:24 AM

Lucky brother.
Your prototypes are ...... Quite nice!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#2 posted 04-18-2015 05:35 AM

You’re on a ROLL!

COOL plane…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 04-18-2015 10:31 AM

Looking good.

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#4 posted 04-18-2015 12:31 PM

You have some high quality gems right there. Wow!!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 04-18-2015 01:00 PM

Very nice, Brian!
The purpleheart knob is a nice touch.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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