Small infill block plane

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Project by Ripthorn posted 04-18-2015 02:33 AM 2621 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes, it could be said that I have been on an infill binge recently. This little plane has a 1 1/4” O1 iron, is just over 4” long, and is perfect for those small jobs. This is my take on a design by Malcolm McPherson. Sides are aluminum, infill is walnut. I went with a little bit of a steampunk look as I used purely stuff that I had on hand to prove out the idea. It is very comfortable, though the lever cap screw needs to be larger, and the lever cap needs to be thicker for better position in hand. All in all, a win. I am working on a pair of these with refinements, one of which will be for the plane swap going on. We’ll see how they pan out!

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

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#1 posted 04-18-2015 05:22 AM

A robot beetle!
Very trendy look I would say.
Who wouldn’t want to have this little guy chewing on their chamfers?

Well done ........ and the use of aluminium opens the infill field to folks without metal working facilities.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 04-18-2015 05:33 AM

Nice little plane…

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#3 posted 04-18-2015 12:33 PM

Like my 4 year old Granddaughter would say “that’s so cuuuuuute”..

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

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#4 posted 04-18-2015 02:27 PM

Paul, the aluminum was just to try out the concept, but it turned out well enough, I’m going to stick with it. For the current ones, I rough cut on the wood bandsaw and routed to a pattern. Some chatter, so it will need some cleanup, but infinitely faster than if it were steel.

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

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#5 posted 04-18-2015 03:22 PM

Do you make these for sale?

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#6 posted 04-18-2015 06:07 PM

Lot of personality on this one, looks great!

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