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Project by Ripthorn posted 08-03-2015 12:35 AM 2243 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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





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waho6o9

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#1 posted 08-03-2015 01:41 AM

They sure look nice Brian. I like the set screw ones better as well.

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#2 posted 08-03-2015 01:44 AM

Those are gorgeous, Brian. Love the combination of infill with the exposed black screw heads on the side.

I like the look of the thumb screw, but can totally see where the set screw one would be more comfortable to use.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#3 posted 08-03-2015 04:02 AM

Super fit and finish. I’ll bet they work just as well as the look too.
The first photo is very cool. Makes me think ….... mouse showdown!

Sweet work

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#4 posted 08-03-2015 05:17 AM

Those are some nice low-angle planes. The infill bocote looks great. How did the test shavings come out?

-- Allen, Colorado

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#5 posted 08-03-2015 12:00 PM

Excellent work Brian. The detail is great.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#6 posted 08-03-2015 01:35 PM

Thanks for all the kind words. Allen, the shavings came out very nice, the mouth is very tight. However, adjusting is a very subtle process as it doesn’t take a whole lot to get the adjustment needed. I actually had enough left over steel and aluminum that I am in the process of making 4 more. I love the aesthetics and the feel in the hand. The aluminum keeps them from being too heavy. These should be great for things like chamfers and other cases where a small blade is all that is needed.

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

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#7 posted 08-03-2015 03:31 PM

Beautiful planes Brian ,a project to be very proud of for sure.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#8 posted 08-03-2015 03:35 PM

Thanks, Jim!

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

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#9 posted 08-03-2015 05:26 PM

Super nice.

A fun project, but man do they take a lot of time.
- Ripthorn

Hah, I bet, the effort shows in the results though.

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Ripthorn

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#10 posted 08-03-2015 05:29 PM

Thanks Tim. It was one of those projects where parts seemed like they really went fast and things were coming together, and others where it seemed like I would never finish. For example, lapping steel on sandpaper is one of life’s more miserable experiences. However, it’s nice to see them finished and I’m glad I didn’t let some of those more tedious go by saying “it’s good enough”.

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

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#11 posted 08-03-2015 07:53 PM

Just an idea but why not remove the blackwood cap and cut a slot in the adjustment screw and maybe make the handle a little thicker and recess it down inside. Nice job on the plane, it is wonderfully executed.

-- Nick, "Choking to death on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover." - JG

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Ripthorn

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#12 posted 08-03-2015 08:01 PM

I thought about recessing it down, but the issue there is that the diameter of the thumb screw is only about 1/4” smaller than the lever cap. That means that if it was recessed one would have to use a very large screw driver to get the torque necessary. An idea that I will be trying soon is to use a set screw and make a hex wrench that looks just like the thumb screw now, only it will be connected to a hex key instead of a screw. That would allow it to look the same, but easily removed after use.

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

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#13 posted 08-03-2015 11:22 PM

Those look like they should be in a museum.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#14 posted 08-04-2015 01:52 AM

What a beautiful hand tool to carry in a shop apron. Much closer to a work of art than a tool, fabulous workmanship…

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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Ripthorn

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#15 posted 08-04-2015 02:01 AM

Thanks, gents. I do love how they look, but they seem to work pretty well, too. I don’t have a lot of miles on them, but so far so good!

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

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