|Project by SPalm||posted 07-08-2011 04:12 AM||5905 views||40 times favorited||20 comments|
This is my second handmade plane. I used the same Hock blade as before, but took a different approach to the build. I believe this one is easier, but maybe that is because it is my second. Anyway, this design has a one piece sole, with a rabbet that self aligns the side plates. This is the approach taken by the Hock kit. In fact they sell the four pieces of wood in picture #4 for $61 (plus shipping) should you value your time at that rate.
A table saw is usually used to create the rabbets on the center piece by sending it through vertically with the blade raised really high. Rotate and repeat. WoodCraft plans do it this way. Not a very fun operation without making some kind of sled. Even then it is hard to cut both sides equally and square. Also the shoulder will not be flat because of the tooth alignment of a normal saw blade. So… I did it on the router table. It was easy and quick. By slowly raising the bit and sending the board through, rotating, flipping, and rotating again until the center of the ‘I-Beam’ was a 1/4 inch thick. Simple pimple.
I then cut the two angles on the table saw with a miter gauge. The I-Beam concept helped here as I did not have to use any helper shims. When I dry fitted the assembly, I marked the side plates with a pencil guided by the angles. Right before glue up, I waxed the triangles on the side plates and the angled edges of the I-Beam to keep glue from gumming up the blade channel. Glue up was pretty simple as the side plates were pressed against the I-Beam shoulders which kept the assembly in line. Then through the drum sander, cut off the top, and squared the ends.
The center is rosewood, and the side plates are quarter sawn maple. It is finished with BLO. After a debate, I left the design square. I like the way it looks, but I may round the corners if I find it too uncomfortable.
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