|Project by SPalm||posted 07-04-2011 02:58 AM||4278 views||23 times favorited||23 comments|
A DIV and Mafe inspired creation: My first homemade plane. The shavings shown are some of its first. I bought a blade from Hock, and basically followed the instructions in DIV’s blog. I used a piece of maple that was lying around, as I was too chicken to try it for the first time on some nicer wood. I need to build this again for style points. Heck, I didn’t even oil it up for the picture.
I tilted the blade at 37.5 degrees. If you were to buy the Hock kit, that would be the angle that it used, so I thought what the heck. The blade is mounted bevel side down, and the blade grind angle is 30 degrees. It is 3/4 inches wide and 3/16 inch thick. I was able to sharpen it to perfection using my Lumber Jock WS 3000 special. What a treat.
I used dowels for locating the pieces for assembly. Then I bandsawed the shape, leaving the dowels out of the final shape. Let’s just say the design evolved as I went. I tried to use a miter gauge for the angles but that made it too hard to follow the pencil lines. Next time I will do all the sawing freehand. Also the whole assembly had twisted a bit when I removed the clamps, so I had to flatten and true it up. Next time I think I will clamp it to a flat reference caul while drying, and also make the outside plates thicker so there is more wood for final ‘truing’.
This was a fun build. A bit more challenging than I first thought. But I believe I learned a lot, and plan to try this again soon.
-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon