|Project by chaders||posted 03-11-2011 06:55 AM||5078 views||46 times favorited||26 comments|
A few months ago I decided to take the plunge and build a dovetailed infill plane. It all started when i first saw Karl Holtey’s A13 infill smoother. I knew I could never pay over $5000 for a hand plane, so why not try to build one. I spent hours and hours reading Karl’s blog as well as other websites dedicated to building infill planes.
The raw materials were only about $100 + $65 for the Hock blade made for infill planes. I cut all the dovetails with a hacksaw and refined them with files. I used a hacksaw to roughly cut the brass sides and then cleaned them up with a spindle sander & disc sander. The bubinga infill was cut at the bandsaw and then shaped using rasps, files & sandpaper. The shaping of the wood parts was the most tedious part of the whole project. I originally made the infill out of mahogany, but it turned out too lightweight. I decided to go with bubinga because of its strength and density. The finish is danish oil( 3 coats).
The finished plane cuts through any hardwood like butter and can tackle the most difficult grain patterns without any tear out.
I highly recommend building one for those of you who have thought about it. It’s very rewarding to know that this tool that i built performs like a champ should last a lifetime. (Hopefully)