|Project by Dallas||posted 02-02-2012 03:32 AM||3561 views||14 times favorited||9 comments|
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!