|Project by Ron Aylor||posted 11-27-2016 09:49 PM||1139 views||6 times favorited||13 comments|
Inspired by Mads' recent purchase , and history nugget: ”... a device which creates long, spiraling wood shavings or tapers which are used to move fire from one place to another … most common in the era before matches … unique in that ordinarily wood planes are used to shape a piece of wood, whereas with a spill plane the shaving is the product,” I decided to build my very own spill plane!
Using an old coffin plane iron as a guide I laid out a 12° angled mortise of sorts at 55° across the face of a 10/4 billet of sycamore. Having dropped the billet several times and sending it across the shop once, I had to stop and make some needed repairs …
... a big crack …
... and a busted corner!
I then covered the floor of the angled mortise with a piece of curly satinwood veneer just to make sure things were nice and even.
The escarpment was, by far, the most challenging part of the plane as there can be no gap under the bevel of the iron or the spills will not curl properly. (The plane pictured here is actually my third attempt. The pine and oak versions were a disaster, BUT, I learned a lot.)
After adding cherry and persimmon fences, I finished the entire plane with boiled linseed oil and bees-wax. Now it’s time to make some spills …
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-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia. Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.