|Project by Hammerthumb||posted 08-04-2015 08:03 PM||1299 views||3 times favorited||17 comments|
Here is a handplane made for fatandy2003 for the 2015 handplane swap. Below is the letter that was included with the plane.
Here is my attempt at a wooden jack plane. It is made of Brazilian Cherry in a traditional style. Blade bed angle is 45degrees and is a little over 14” long. The main body is Brazilian Cherry with an Ipe sole on the bottom.
I made a blade from O-1 tool steel and heat treated it in a home built forge. Please notice that the blade has an “HT” stamped on one face near the top. It is an odd sized blade at 2-1/8” wide, with ¼” thick steel. I made the blade so that it is a good fit to the body and mouth opening, but due to wood movement, you might have to grind a little off the side for a good fit. I cambered the blade to about a 10” radius, but during initial sharpening it may have ended up at 11” or 12”. I sharpened it to 6000grit and then stropped with green compound.
I made the handle with a 3 piece lamination. The center lamination has grain running vertical. I would hope that it would never break as the lamination makes it real strong. The handle was mortised into the body.
I gave the plane a little test run and it seems to work fine. There is no chatter, and the Ipe sole with a little wax glides very smoothly over the wood surface. Please remember that I made this plane for roughing out material. The camber can be ground out for other uses.
The finish is Danish oil and 2 coats of paste wax. I finish almost all of the tools I make with oil and wax finish. They just feel right when holding them.
As I live in the desert, I am a little concerned with the fit of the wedge when it gets to your shop. It fits perfect right now, but I think the wood moisture content was below 5% when I made it. I recommend that you check it periodically in the first couple of weeks to see if the sole remains flat and the wedge fits. You should probably take the wedge out when not using it until it acclimates. You can re-true the sole if needs it after a few weeks also.
Please enjoy your new plane. If you have any questions or problems, please let me know.
Your LJ friend,
-- Paul, Las Vegas