|Project by HalDougherty||posted 07-11-2011 05:38 PM||2753 views||11 times favorited||21 comments|
I made this simple hand plane last week. It took about an hour to make, all but the 1/4” brass rod the plans called for. I couldn’t find one anywhere. I wanted to use the plane today, so I turned a walnut dowel. I did make it 3/8” instead of 1/4”. I’ve looked at a lot of other projects here and had been thinking about using some of my cutoffs to make one. When this month’s Wood Magazine came in the mail, I made a copy of the side profile and wedge that was printed in the magazine and started chopping wood. This plane is made from tiger maple and bublinga. Both woods are hard enough to last a long time in service. This is going to be a working tool. When I first glued it up, I trued the bottom on the jointer, and I should have used my sander. The throat chipped out in a couple of places. I may route out the throat and either make a insert from a scrap of the body that I saved, or make the throat from a brass plate. I’ve not sharpened the blade, or cut it to length yet, but it works!
-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com