|Project by Anapolis7||posted 05-10-2012 11:30 AM||4100 views||12 times favorited||19 comments|
So, if you have looked at my past projects, you know that I have built a full set of Krenov style handplanes. Within the last year, my father and I have completed the building of our first workbench(more him than me, I want him to post it). However, my past planes, though sharper than I want to think about, didn’t cut or adjust well.
One day I found myself at Woodcraft buying one of everything and decided that it was time to buy David Finck’s book on Krenov planes. BEST $25 I HAVE SPENT IN YEARS!!! I’m not going to lie to you and say that it’s exciting reading, but it is so informative that I think anyone interested in wooden planes should read it.
The project that you see below is my version of the WOOD magazine “Smoothing Plane” that they published last year. It’s made of Coccobolo, Bloodwood, and some random veneers that I had lying about the shop. It’s sexy to look at, though I will admit, I didn’t devote the effort to removing all the flaws that I would on a piece of furniture. It feels great!
Having said all of that, I “improved” upon the original plans a little bit and I need some advice from more experienced builders. I cut this plane to be bedded at “York Pitch” (50) rather than the standard pitch that the plans called for. I didn’t really consider that this was going to effect the depth of the wedge or the location of the cross pin, so I put those in the same place. Please note, this plane has a crumby “Buck Bros” blade in it from Home Depot. Others had success with it, but I loathe the thing. After using Hock irons in my others, I’m spoiled.
My main problem is there is A LOT of chatter. I can tell the blade is flexing in the cut because the finish is rippled. With the position of the cross pin, I can’t drop in a hock blade, and certainly not with a chip breaker without some heavy modifications. So I am looking for suggestions on what to do to support the blade better. The wedge stops pretty high and I can’t get it lower without making it more of a flat piece of wood than wedge.
Advice is appreciated.
I have considered getting a piece of brass and trying to make a combo chip breaker wedge. Basically it would be like on a veritas plane where you turn the screw to tight the blade in. I could use a 1/4” piece of brass sharpened like a chip breaker that fits over the iron, goes under the cross pin, and then has a tapped hole at the top that allows me to tighten a bolt to put pressure on the blade.
Thanks for looking and thank you for any suggestions you may have!!!!