Mini Plane (codename Iron Mouse)

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Project by yuridichesky posted 01-26-2016 02:55 PM 5925 views 11 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Please welcome my first infill plane aka my first mini plane :)

I guess I have all the rights to call it infill plane, but amount of wood used for this project was very-very little. Anyway, infill it is.

Don’t have much of a “making of” to share this time. Maybe just this one: dovetailed sole in progress:

(This was the first time when I tried my recently rust-hunted peen hammer—huge difference comparing to ordinary hammers!)

Overall this project was quite quick (weekend plus Monday evening), and I’m pretty happy about what I have as a result: the size, design, materials, the look and feel are exactly what I had in mind. And the savings are nice too :)

Thank you for looking!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#1 posted 01-26-2016 03:16 PM

Nice work Yuri.! Where did you get that Giant lighter ??

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle"

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#2 posted 01-26-2016 03:16 PM

Yuri, great and (Mighty) mini mouse. Looks a lot like instrument makers tools, maybe a mandolin in the near future!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#3 posted 01-26-2016 03:18 PM

Very impressive, Yuri. Looks like just as many steps as a larger infill, so your’s certainly counts! And very nicely done, too.

We need more info. LOL. What’s the wood? How did you make the lever cap? How did you knurl the pattern on the knob?

DT’s look fabulous BTW!

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

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#4 posted 01-26-2016 03:51 PM

Thank you, guys!

TTCarpenter, I used to smoke Giant cigarettes :)

Kevin, if I ever start making instruments this will be all your fault! :)

Terry, here’s the info. The wood is beech. I collect every small off-cuts of the hardwood and finally I had a chance to use one. The lever cap was filed from 5/8”x5/8” square beam. The shape of the lever cap was designed so that the savings won’t stuck but would curl instead. And this is my knurling setup: machinist vise with couple of guide lines drawn right on the jaws and couple of marks where the knob should be placed on. Plus hack saw (not shown on the picture).

So basically I just sawed the pattern on the knob and then sanded it a little to smooth the edges. To my surprise it took me much less time that I thought I would spend on it.

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#5 posted 01-26-2016 04:02 PM

That looks awesome! Way better than the last time I tried the dovetailed infill…

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#6 posted 01-26-2016 04:06 PM

Yuri, I can live with that :-)

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#7 posted 01-26-2016 04:31 PM

Nice piece, I’d love to see it at work !

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#8 posted 01-26-2016 05:06 PM

How are you going to be able to find that the next time you need it?
Maybe you need to make a big box for it.
Then if you can find the big box you can find the mini plane … ;^)

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#9 posted 01-26-2016 05:30 PM

Way cool Yuri! It’s neat to see what a practical and creative mind with skillful hands can produce.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#10 posted 01-26-2016 05:33 PM

Thanks, Yuri.
You did an amazing job!

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

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#11 posted 01-26-2016 05:39 PM

I love this cheeky little guy! He’s winking. Great job, Yuri. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 01-26-2016 06:13 PM

That is pretty dang cool! Great work.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#13 posted 01-26-2016 06:38 PM

Gosh, that’s an awesome name…..

-- still trying to think of a clever signature......

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#14 posted 01-26-2016 09:46 PM

Nice Yuri!

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

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#15 posted 01-26-2016 11:37 PM

So nice, I love it.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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