Drawer bottom plane making process continued

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Project by DonH posted 10-20-2010 07:08 PM 2697 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 10-20-2010 08:01 PM

Thanks for the in process. How long is that plane? You used what 18 clamps?

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#2 posted 10-20-2010 08:03 PM

Hi KayBee

The plane is 12 inches long and I probably had eighteen clamps on it. I wanted the best possible bond between the maple and lignum vitae.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#3 posted 10-20-2010 08:05 PM

I think you needed more clamps. ; ) Just kidding – I can’t wait for the finished product.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#4 posted 10-20-2010 08:05 PM

You can never have too many clamps…most times if you’re like me, not enough…..nice looking jig you’re making…

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#5 posted 10-20-2010 08:34 PM

Cool, I have found another type of project that I am interested in doing myself. I don’t have room anymore for all the power tools I had in my old shop but still want to make stuff – so hand tools here I come! I think a shooting board and a low angle plane to go with it is in order. Thank you for showing us your work.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#6 posted 10-20-2010 08:40 PM

Hi Dez – hand tools are the main focus of my shop and a shooting board is a must – I have a number of them as well as bench hooks to saw on. I use the Veritas low angle smoothing plane on my shooting board as well as a Lie Nielsen 5 1/2 bench plane which has a high angle (50 degrees) frog and both work fine.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#7 posted 10-20-2010 11:06 PM

maybe one more clamp? I had to laugh, I have similar looking glue up’s and it always amazes me how many clamps are needed, your work is very impressive, great workmanship and design, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#8 posted 10-20-2010 11:22 PM

Yeah the clamp thing – I always believe if there is room for another one – do it

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#9 posted 10-21-2010 11:57 AM

Nice work I love tha last pic that is one nice clamp!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 10-21-2010 02:30 PM

Hi Ken

That is actually a type of vise known as the Moxon – named after the guy who invented it I guess. It is easy to build. I used two 12 inch lengths of 1 1/2 inch rod threaded to 6 tpi and two blocks of maple. The rear block has two holes that are threaded for the 1 1/2 inch rods and the front holes are slightly over size. These can be clamped to the top of a bench and are very secure in use with lots of capacity. I have a few of them from small to three feet long. The mid size one works great on a drill press as you see. It solves a lot of clamping issues for drilling as you can clamp the work piece at any angle.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#11 posted 10-21-2010 04:46 PM

Great looking build. I like the addition of the brass buttons.

Congrats too on the tip published in the recent PWW!

-- Galootish log blog,

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