|Project by ATHiker||posted 02-03-2012 10:08 PM||4613 views||32 times favorited||21 comments|
This is an A13 Norris style infill plane. The plans came from this great page. The sole is 1018 steel, the sides are 360 brass, the blade is O1 tool steel and the infill wood is cocobolo. The lever cap is made from aluminum bronze. If I were to do it again I would use something easier to work for the lever cap. I heat treated the blade myself with a small two brick forge and a MAPP gas torch.
The plane is bedded at 50 degrees and has a mouth of about 0.020. It cuts through just about everything with little trouble and leaves a glassy surface.
The entire project took close to a year to complete with many other projects in between. I enjoyed the metal work. It is hard to mess something up when it takes so many swipes of a file to remove a few thousandths of an inch. In woodworking you can mess up a project with one misplaced blow. Perhaps an infill shoulder plan next.