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Project by moshel posted 08-26-2011 08:10 AM 1760 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a need for a shoulder plane for my FLW lamp. now, i guess that I COULD do this using a scraper, but as it happens I also found a set of 12” planer blades from my old planer. these were good steel and machined, so i thought to myself…. well, you know what I thought to myself.

I started by cutting the blade to two 6” pieces and grinding off the sharp edge. then I set to grind the edge on the narrow edge using my tormaq. after about 2h I gave up, found my bench grinder (that I havn’t used since the move) and grinded approximate edge. then, on the sigma #1000 waterstone followed by the 6000, and I got a beautiful sharp, thick iron. the back was actually flatter than all the chisels I had so far….

using mafe blog as a guide (30 min chisel plane), i used a scrap block of European beech to form the body. some tapping and nudging and voila!!!! shavings!!!!

From plane #1

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...





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#1 posted 08-26-2011 08:15 AM

I want to see that…when I drop by in October…. also there will be a Torque WorkCentre in ChCh by then…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 08-26-2011 08:21 AM

I like it! As they say, “necessity is the mother of invention.” Very nice, and I like the idea of using planer blades.

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#3 posted 08-26-2011 10:13 AM

Nice plane Moshe, how is it at cutting shoulders?

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#4 posted 08-26-2011 10:16 AM

i bleed like a slaughtered pig :-)

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#5 posted 08-26-2011 10:42 AM

thankĀ“s for sharing Moshel :-)
and please stop cutting bodyparts of

Dennis

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#6 posted 08-26-2011 11:04 AM

Moshel, that is a beautiful plane you made there.
I also love the idea of using the old planner blade, plenty of old blades can get new life like this, brilliant idea.
And to see you in the video making shaves is making smile big time, thank you.
Best of my thoughts and congratulation,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 08-26-2011 11:15 AM

Mads, my thanks goes to you… I have been procrastinating (I love this word!) making a plane for a long time, but your 30 minutes design just disarmed all my evasive maneuvers. The plane is surprisingly chatter free for something that is open on one side, probably because the beech is so dense and the blade is so thick. the piece of wood was taken from the firewood pile because it had a major knot and it is very compressed (It was under one of the first branches on the tree, which was huge). I hope it will stay stable.

Thanks again for all your ideas… i keep adding them to my endless todo list, but now I can cross one line!

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#8 posted 08-26-2011 11:22 AM

BTW, I am sure you can get used planer blades for free from joinery shops, as they can only use them until they are ~1” wide, afterwards they cant sharpen them without it started being dangerous. the steel on these blades is excellent – about 3mm thick and its HSS. as these blades are not sharpened by hand usually, they are made to be very hard and keep edge for a long time. from my experience with the tormaq, I would say they are at least as hard as my narex chisels, probably harder. the edge i got was beautiful….

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#9 posted 08-26-2011 08:53 PM

Very nice plane. I like the idea of using a planer blade.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina, http://www.scicaskets.com

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#10 posted 08-27-2011 01:01 AM

Nice idea and nice plane. I’m going to need a shoulder plane for timber framing, so will be looking to make one of these too!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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