Not a chisel plane

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Project by Dallas posted 02-02-2012 03:32 AM 3655 views 14 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started out to be another chisel plane like all the others have made.
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the chisel was dropped and ruined (FUBAR).

So I changed directions and started looking around for something else to use as a plane iron.

I am a pack rat and keep all sorts of odd stuff, why? because it may come in handy. Like this time.

I have a bucket full of old worn out recip saw blades that I always think I may be able to get one more use out of. That’s where the plane iron came from.
I cut it down with my 4” cut-off wheel and put an initial edge on it with my stationary disc sander. Final sharpening was done on a ceramic tile at 25° on progressive grits of wet dry paper up to 1500.
Polishing was done the same way, except I went with a brown paper bag for the final polish.

Funny thing about this little plane… I designed it, cut all the pieces and put it together then realized…... it’s left handed! This isn’t a problem for me, but now the rest of you can see how those of us in our right minds think!

The wood is some kind of strange ash that I got from a friend in Indiana along with the read oak along the side. The wedge is made of some red oak that I repurposed after deconstructing a band bus a few years ago.

It cuts well and and makes lots of nice thin shavings.

Thanks for looking!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#1 posted 02-02-2012 03:39 AM

Interesting save.

-- Custom furniture

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Don W

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#2 posted 02-02-2012 04:55 AM

When It cuts well and and makes lots of nice thin shavings, life is good. That looks like a pretty heavy recip saw blade!!

Nice plane.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#3 posted 02-02-2012 05:00 AM

The blade was a ‘Demolition’ 6 TPI Irwin blade I had used all last summer cutting ground rods and electrical conduit. Only the end by the attaching point was worn so I thought I’d save it.

One thing I learned about those blades…. they are made of hardened steel! Even after heating it on the disc sander and the cut off wheel, a file wouldn’t even scratch it!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#4 posted 02-02-2012 05:29 AM

Awesome plane, nice fitting wedge as well.

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#5 posted 02-02-2012 08:01 AM

That is precision wood working, Dallas. Very well done. It looks like ultra modern art or is it art deco?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#6 posted 02-02-2012 10:49 PM

That is one way to adapt and overcome a problem. Nice plane and a great save.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#7 posted 02-02-2012 11:18 PM

Thanks all for the nice comments.

I had my doubts about this thing working at all, but I’ve been very pleasantly surprised.

The finish on it is Hornsby’s tung Oil finish, just to give it a coat of something to keep from picking up sweat and dirt.

I used it today to clean out some rabbets I cut so I can install a jig saw upside down in my table saw extension. It worked pretty slick!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#8 posted 02-02-2012 11:19 PM

its nice to build a tool. Its even nicer when it actually works :-)

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#9 posted 06-03-2012 12:46 AM

that’s a new idea for me.. thank ya

-- Ryan, MI still have all 10 (knock on wood)

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