|Project by Thos. Angle||posted 10-17-2007 02:33 AM||3004 views||14 times favorited||27 comments|
Sunday I was tired of working so in the evening I went to the shop. Is there something wrong with that statement?? I’ve been intending to build a smooth plane. So I started on Sunday evening. I kinda knew I was going to do this because the last time I was at Woodcraft, I bought a Lie-Nielsen plane iron. One of those real thick,short ones that go in the low angle plane. I wanted to try a smooth plane with out a metal chip breaker. I still had some Jarrah and Oak and some Maple. I also had some recently acquired brass rod. I sized the oak for the middle and cut the bed and throat. I set the bed at 50 degrees. I cut the handle blank and ripped the Oak bed in two. I then shaped the tote. Hard not to say handle on this one. I glued the oak on each side of the tote and got it all squared up. I wanted to try a bigger throat to see if the shavings would clear better. Well, anyway, I got it all set up and glued the sides on and went to bed. Monday I had to get some work done but I messed with the sole and found a piece of Mahogany for the wedge. Tuesday I got up at 4:30 and went to the shop to finish the plane. I drilled the three holes for the cross pins. I swelled them with a center punch and then sanded them flush. I fitted the wedge and prceeded to try it out. I was a little concerned that I had the iron set too far back. After some adjustment I realized it was working just fine. The biggest problem is hitting the back of the plane to adjust the iron. You have to hit next to the tote. After I got it adjusted I grabbed it’s big brother and cleaned down the piece of Alder under the plane. When it was flat I tryed out the smooth plane to see if it would do what it was designed to do. It did. Plumb flat and smooth as a baby’s butt. The nose is round and after using it, I decided not to put a strike button on the front. I finished it with 2 coats of shellac and about 6 coats of laquar. The sole is just waxed and polished. The sole is 11 1/2 inches long to the back of the handle. It is 2 1/2 inches wide with a 2 inch iron.
-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon