|Project by yuridichesky||posted 11-28-2015 03:01 PM||2897 views||38 times favorited||31 comments|
Long story short: people need moving fillister planes. Sooner or later you realize this. And once you have this idea cooking in your head just let it grab you and drag you to that slippery slope…
About a month ago I had a vision, and I drew this vision on the piece of paper:
The idea was to build skew rabbet plane and add to it depth and width fences so it would turn into moving fillister plane. To make sure this is something doable I took some pine and made full-size prototype:
So this was 10” long and 1-5/8” wide skew rabbet plane with 6 additional nuts housed on the sides: two on the right side to mount depth stop, and four on the left side to mount some kind of ledge for the width stop. (edit: oh, I forgot about the nicker) And one more nut on the right side for the nicker.
The prototype didn’t show any serious flaws in design, so I started to cut the hardwood (same old beech board that I used for most of my shop-made tools):
The design is more or less traditional for amateurs like myself: laminated body. 8 small dowels provided pretty good alignment for the parts so that I was able to do all the markups before gluing. And this was important as I had to do some marking on the inside too:
Once I had all the nuts done (see square recess for the nut on the picture blow, there are 7 such recesses total) I started to shape bedding for the iron:
The wedge was made and fitted in place before gluing too:
The glue-up went quite well thanks to alignment dowels. I had to do only couple of very thin savings on the wedge to make it sit nice and tight after gluing.
Next stop was escapement carving.
First drill the through hole:
Then carve and sand the escapement:
Then it was time to trim bedding. Sharp chisel and specially cut guide block did the job:
The nicker took me much more time than I wanted to spend on metalworking.
This was the first version of the nicker made from old plane iron:
I didn’t like it at all. So here’s nicker v.2 made from old inexpensive chisel:
Since I had to anneal the chisel to be able to shape the nicker I then had to re-temper it. Did it very first time in my life, very happy I didn’t burn down the house. :-)
Polishing the nicker after heat-treatment:
Next big adventure: brass sole:
Glued-in and ready for sanding:
Sanding the sole flush wasn’t fun at all. Great workout but no fun.
I have large piece of marble windowsill as a reference flat surface. Very handy for this kind of work:
The masking tape put on the side provides proper leveling so that I’d sand brass sole only, not the wooden body:
Some filing too:
Once sole sides sanded flush time to sand sole itself (at this point I had all the rights to declare that I hate sanding!):
No more sanding! Pretty tired by totally happy with results:
The body now ready to get some decoration. Using scratch stock to put simple square groove on the sides (tried several different profiles but after all decided to go with something simple):
At this point (after some iron grinding and sharpening and two coats of BLO) the part of the project called “skew rabbet plane” is ready:
Long-grain test run:
Cross-grain test run:
Now “moving fillister plane” part of the project continues.
Working on width stop:
Depth stop in progress:
(Thumb screws are my first attempt at brass brazing.)
And after some final touches on depth and width fences the plane is done! It’s heavier than I expected, but still it’s quite nice to work with.
Close-up of cutting unit:
Must-have long- and cross-grain shavings with all the parts working together:
1) Thanks a lot for reading out such a long project. I do admit I’m too lazy to split it into several blog entries.
2) I just discovered that I build my planes late fall three years in a row.
3) I’m very happy with this plane build. It was fun to build (except for sanding). The plane does work well in both modes: skew rabbet and moving fillister. Now I have some shop-improvement project ahead, can’t wait to put it in use.
Thanks again for looking!
-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)