|Project by minitool||posted 10-23-2011 05:24 AM||3977 views||12 times favorited||22 comments|
I have made 50 miniature woodworking tools over the past ten years, using less than one-board foot of wood in the process. As a result I can afford to use some pricey hardwoods that are often sold by the pound. As an example, the small piece of cocobolo that was used for this Wedge-Arm Plow Plane was the cut-out sold by a band-saw box maker on eBay.
The plane is a 40% scale copy of an original that was also purchased on eBay (and later sold, under a buy-and-sell agreement negotiated with my wife). All of the component parts – cocobolo, ebony, brass and steel, were machined using my Sherline table-top mill and lathe. The hard-woods machine accurately and cleanly, leaving almost a polished finish when they came off the mill.
The body, arms and fence are cocobolo, and the arm and blade wedges are ebony. The blade, skate and skid plate are all steel with the remaining parts brass. The original plane was from the 1880 period, probably of an English background. My copy is four inches long and all adjustments are functional.
-- John's miniature woodworking tools