|Project by Ripthorn||posted 08-03-2015 12:35 AM||2506 views||6 times favorited||17 comments|
For the plane swap, I decided to make a small infill block plane. However, I wanted one for myself, so here is the pair. These planes are brushed aluminum sides with 3/8” thick cold rolled mild steel soles. The bedding angle is 15 degrees, with a 1 1/4” wide O1 iron. The infill is bocote finished with Danish oil and paste wax. I made thumb screws from steel, aluminum, and blackwood to match the steel, aluminum, and black oxide socket head screws. On the whole I am very pleased with them, so much so that I am making another 4 right now (since I already have the materials on hand). They measure about 4 1/2” inches long and without the thumb screw they fit perfectly in the hand. The thumb screw looks nice, but makes gripping a little tougher. Thus the one above is using a set screw just to try that out. I think on future ones, I might use set screws and then make a hex wrench that looks like the thumb screws above. A fun project, but man do they take a lot of time.
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