|Project by drewnahant||posted 06-16-2011 01:28 AM||5223 views||16 times favorited||10 comments|
I have been looking for an old stanley plough plane for a while, and after seeing all of the home made planes on here recently, I decided to just make my own. It is curly maple and walnut with an iron made from an old jointer blade. The finish was a bit of an expirament in analine dyes, and tinting shellac. It came out a bit brighter than I would have liked, but not enough to make me sand it down, besides I’ll never lose it in a pile of shavings. Works great, and I have to say, I think everyone should try this. I expected to struggle with shaping the iron using only my angle grinder and bench grinder, but it took only about 20 minutes, and the iron is perfect, square, straight, and between .246 and .248 all the way down it’s length, it cuts a groove between .248 and .251 consistently. I was amazed how well it works. Also, I have never used a plane without an adjustment mechanism before, the tapping adjustment dials it right in. Now I just need to get a nice brass thumbscrew for the fence adjuster, instead of that little capscrew which needs a wrench.
Needless to say, this little guy will have friends soon.
Thank you to everyone who has posted their completed planes and blogs on here, it certainly sped up the learning curve, I dont know how I would have done this without the instruction of my fellow LJ’s