|Project by Thos. Angle||posted 09-24-2007 09:24 PM||2737 views||6 times favorited||47 comments|
I’ve been saying I needed a miter plane to use on a chute board if I had a chute board. After all the palavering with Wayne and Douglas over the weekend, I decided it was time. I started looking for material Sunday night and this morning I went to the shop at 6 AM. I found a piece of Ash and a piece of Walnut and a piece of Mahogany. I also took the Hock iron and chip breaker out of a 408 Sargent plane, oh, and don’t forget the piece of dowell. I split the Walnut on the band saw and planed the ash until it was the exact width of the iron)1 3/4 inch). I planed the Walnut down to 1/4 and then cut the ash piece at a 45 degree angle. I then cut the other part of the ash at 60 degrees. I trimed off a little to make the mouth. I then scratched my head and clamped the whole thing together and guessed and drilled the hole for the cross dowell. I should have dowelled the whole body but didn’t.I glued her up and worked on the wedge. I cut it at 12 degrees and disc sanded and band sawed to get the shape I wanted. When it came out of the clamps I had to try it. I worked!!! Much to my suprise. I again fired up the ShopSmith with the disc sander and squared the ends and trued up the sides and top and bottom. When I was within a whisker I switched to Porter-Cable stick on sandpaper on the surface plate I stamp leather on. I took it down to 320. When I was done I had 4 90 degree corners and a working miter plane. I rounded the corners on the disc sander and broke all the edges. I gave it a good coat of BLO and let dry for a while. I then made all those shavings in the photo trying it out. Many thanks to Phil Edwards at Philyville. His how to photos were the cat’s meow. Elapsed time on this project was about 3 hours. If you think I got lucky, I agree with you. Now for that chute board.
-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon