Hand Plane Swap 2015

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Project by fatandy2003 posted 08-07-2015 09:31 PM 1795 views 11 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the plane I mode for the recent hand plane swap. It is a hybrid between a Veritas style shooting plane and an infill. I laminated walnut and cherry for the body and the wedge and I placed an ebony button on the toe for adjusting depth with a plane hammer. The iron is an older 2-1/8” blade and chip breaker I found on the bay.

I made the shooting board in a rush just to test out the plane, but once it was together and it was making shavings I decided to add it to the swap since it came out looking decent and the plane width was an odd size that I probably couldn’t replicate to make it fit the board.

All in all the plane works well, but it took a bit of fettling to get the blade set right, but after the 3rd or 4th time I got it figured out and had it taking nice shavings off of endgrain. The mouth is a tad wider than I was aiming for, but it is hard to put metal back on…

-- -- Andy, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it” - Thomas Paine

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#1 posted 08-07-2015 09:40 PM

Excellent work Andy!

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#2 posted 08-07-2015 10:23 PM

Stunning job, Andy.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#3 posted 08-07-2015 11:12 PM

Great plane Andy. BeAutiful choice of wood and finish.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 08-08-2015 12:17 AM

Nice work Andy, the strike button is a nice touch.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#5 posted 08-08-2015 01:38 AM

Gorgeous, Andy!! How much does she weigh? Lots of metal infills in this plane swap. Shooting board is the cherry on top. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 08-08-2015 02:15 AM

Andy, that plane is so striking. Beautiful job on the lamination and tote construction, it looks great!

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

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#7 posted 08-08-2015 03:11 AM

Wow, great job, very impressive.

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#8 posted 08-08-2015 06:14 AM

just awesome

anal 2-part question, sorry:

1.) did you put the side metal on top of the bottom metal, or did the side metal go all the way down and you slid the bottom metal into that? (It appears to be the side part goes all the way down.)
2.) Does it matter? Like would shavings or a board get caught in a seem that’s showing on the bottom?

Does this make sense?

What’s the steel grade?

This is so anal I’ve revised my two-part question into technically four dumb questions that I probably know the answer to already but what the hell.

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#9 posted 08-08-2015 10:31 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone.

Candy, she weighed in at just over 6.5lbs (I drilled some holes and added some 2” pieces of 1/2” round stock throughout the body to add even more weight).

Travis, not sure I totally understand your first question, but I think you are asking how I attached the metal of the sole to the metal side that runs on the board? 1) I dovetailed the 2 pieces of steel into an “L” shape and then attached the steel to the wood using brass threaded rod (I had inlaid a few strips of 3/16” steel into the wood and then drilled and tapped the holes between metal sides and the inlaid metal – I hope that made sense?). 2) Not sure what “seam” you mean? 3) Not sure of the grade of steel. I bought some 1/8” flat stock from the big box store…

If those answers don’t make sense, let me know.

-- -- Andy, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it” - Thomas Paine

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#10 posted 08-08-2015 01:04 PM

Very impressive, indeed!
Great design and wood combo!

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

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#11 posted 08-08-2015 01:15 PM

What an excellent job & you made this your self! I am envious of fellow jocks, like your self, who can combine their skills of working wood with metal work.

The quality of this plane and others for the plane swap are incredible.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#12 posted 08-08-2015 05:55 PM

You should please ! all of you out there ,who make tools yourselves try your best to encourage the rest of us to have a go.
After all , who in their right mind would buy a half hearted churned out factory tool, for mega dollars or pounds ? When with a little tender love and care could make a very much more beautiful tool to be proud of, as will your descendent for a thousand or at least very many years ,and it could provide the maker with many hours of fun and allow them to use their own skills to design them too, all at a fraction of the lever pull pop out variety.
I love this {eleven out of ten} in my book . Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#13 posted 08-08-2015 07:56 PM

Looks pretty sweet to me. Congrats!

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#14 posted 08-09-2015 12:25 AM

Andy, thanks – so you dovetailed the steel? This is what I meant, sorry, which is easier with pictures. Wondered if you placed the steel like this:

Or this?

But you did it a different way? The seem I was talking about (in the circle) would be if you had done it the first way, like how the bottom would have two pieces of steel vs. a completely covered surface.

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#15 posted 08-09-2015 01:59 PM

That is what I though you meant, but wasn’t sure. Yes, I dovetailed the 2 pieces of steel and then peened over the metal, like this:

-- -- Andy, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it” - Thomas Paine

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