|Project by DonH||posted 10-20-2010 07:08 PM||2304 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
As a follow on to the last two postings with this project, I have now completed the second plane body but have decided to add brass “bonking” buttons to the front, top and back edges of the plane body (5/8 brass rod cut to 1/2 inch lengths). These are the locations that the plane body is tapped to tighten or loosen the blade. I noticed that the first example I made was developing dents already in these locations – surprising as the body is hard maple and lignum vitae.
The first picture is the second glue up of the plane halves followed by my grinding jig for rounding the ends of each of the sawn of brass buttons. The third and forth are my hand powered mitre saw set up (it has a variety of blades including a very heavy duty hack saw blade in use here), the fifth contains the resulting buttons and the rod and lastly is the drilling set up to put really square, clean holes in the three locations on each plane body.
The drilling set up uses a Moxon vise on the drill press table. The woodworking vise allows for easy orientation of the work at any angle without marring the piece.
-- DonH Orleans Ontario