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Project by Bertha posted 04-18-2018 02:01 PM 1207 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to stuff a new mitre that I obtained incomplete. There were vestiges of ill-fitting and boring infill.

I started with a block of big leaf maple burl.

I started with the rear infill. The existing infill was a little steeper than the “frog” behind the mouth and a tad too short. I copied the frog angle and pitched the bed at 24-degrees.

The wood is really delicate, so I layered CA on areas I was concerned about. My thought is that the wood components don’t really take much mechanical stress, aside from compressive, so I didn’t go crazy.

Cleaned her up to my liking.

Worked it down pretty tight, shaving at a time. I had to make several, predictably.

The change in bed angle is really amplified over the length of the infill.

Did the front infill the same way.

I played with some dyes to get the color I wanted. Transtint brown mahogany and transfast dark walnut, both in detOH. Followed up by 4 coats of Tung Oil, first 3 low gloss, last one high gloss. 0000 in between.

I did something with the wedge that purists will hate (I don’t care for it either). The way I hold mitres (incorrectly), the corners of squared wedges hurt my hand. I rounded this one off. I can always make another, I figured.

I should mention that I only cut the blocks with power tools. Typically, I would have used a power rasp to shape, but I was worried the burl would explode. Lots of mini planes and sandpaper. The iron’s not snecked so I gave it a little purchase.

It didn’t need much tuning but the fore and aft is convex from a LOT of use. The mouth is tight with a solid 3 inches of contact surrounding it.

Sharpening the tapered iron was a nightmare and despite attempts, the cutting edge isn’t perfectly perpendicular. I’ll have to restrike the edge at some point but I was sick of sharpening. I’ve just got it slightly askew in the plane, like 1/64” or something like that. Maybe my stones need flattening.

Almost forgot. I tapped the infills to receive screws. After being beaten up deservedly by Smitty, I knew I couldn’t use modern screws. I bought some simple steel screws and antiqued them with gun black. I was really pleased with how it came out. Initially, I tried stainless and was confused why it wasn’t working lol.

There she goes. It needs work but it’s the iron, not the plane.

Thanks for looking!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 04-18-2018 02:11 PM

You did that hunk of burl proud, Al!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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woodchuckerNJ

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#2 posted 04-18-2018 03:12 PM



You did that hunk of burl proud, Al!

- CharlieM1958

Like he said.
Nice work. One thing left though… polish up that metal and get rid of the black / or pitted markings.
Try a hard scotch brite wheel after removing the wood and screws.

-- Jeff NJ

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#3 posted 04-18-2018 03:18 PM

Very nice, Al.

The choice of burl, and finishes, are spot on. The slotted screw is so right as well.

You done good!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Bertha

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#4 posted 04-18-2018 03:34 PM

Thanks, guys. Woodhuck, I try really hard to KEEP that stuff!
Smit, you forgive me for the curved wedge? It is sooooo much more comfortable.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 04-18-2018 07:15 PM

Very nice job on that plane. It is really good looking and works good too!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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bobasaurus

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#6 posted 04-18-2018 07:23 PM

Damn nice rebuild, looks like a great user now. Seems to have a tight mouth too.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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Bertha

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#7 posted 04-18-2018 07:57 PM

Thanks, guys. Like all my planes, it’s definitely a user. I’ll tinker with it until I can get powdery shavings.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#8 posted 04-18-2018 08:06 PM

I don’t see anything wrong at all with a curved wedge. Probably a better approach than squared off for the burl material too?

Powdery shavings… mmmm….

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Don W

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#9 posted 04-18-2018 08:47 PM

wow!!!

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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wrenchhead

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#10 posted 04-18-2018 09:00 PM

Beautiful tool. I have never use an infill style plane but would love to try one out one day if I’m lucky enough to come across one.

-- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkRuFxW8HhRfyhbTP4SY5UA I could quit if I wanted

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theoldfart

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#11 posted 04-18-2018 10:57 PM

Al, very nicely done. The mouth looks quite tight, mine is a bit more open. I do like using the plane.

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

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ColonelTravis

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#12 posted 04-19-2018 01:03 AM

Very nice and good call with the CA glue. I would have thought of that only after I’d stuffed it in there and it crumbled and I said to myself – oh yeah, dummy.

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TheTurtleCarpenter

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#13 posted 04-19-2018 01:07 AM

Beautiful job Al !

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

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#14 posted 04-19-2018 02:00 PM

Very interesting post.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Grumpy

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#15 posted 04-20-2018 12:10 AM

Bertha , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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