|Project by USCJeff||posted 11-12-2011 02:41 AM||1687 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
I’ve had this on my short list for a while now. I like to use hand tools at times, but not so much that it warrants paying a good bit for quality specialized planes. Since it’s so specialized in what it does, I decided to give a wooden plane a chance (although the Veritas and LN look very pretty). I didn’t use a particular plan, but used several similar projects posted here and elsewhere to get the general idea. There are a couple good blogs on LJ’s if anyone is going to try one.
Anyways, this started off as what I was going to use as a prototype before committing my limited higher end species. In the end, the Oak worked and I’m satisfied with this one. The design looks great with dark exotics and brass pins through it (if pretty is your thing).
The body is made much like any wooden plane. I had to glue up to get it to a thickness that allowed all the planing and sanding that has to happen. After drilling the clearance hole and some marking, you cut equal sized sides off the center portion of the plane. The iron determines where your going from there. I made mine from a concave card scraper that I haven’t touched in a year or so. I’ve also used planer knives and block plane blades before and all will work. If you buy the iron, you must built the plane to match it’s size. I liked making the plane and then making the iron to sneak up on the right widths. The iron is nearly the size of the blade ramp. There is a little lateral play. The ramp angle is also a personal choice depending on what you’ll do with it. Mine is in the 50 degree cutting angle ball park. 20 degree low angle versions seem popular as well. The wedge is made from a cut off when cutting the middle parts.
The one aspect that I’m uncertain on is the mouth of the plane. I really didn’t know how much room was needed. I also had to take more of the sole off when squaring everything after a jointing mistake. I think this will work, if not I’ll have to add a new sole to close the gap I left the iron a tiny bit longer just in case of this.
-- Jeff, South Carolina