|Project by Karson||posted 10-14-2012 02:42 PM||3813 views||4 times favorited||22 comments|
As Al had posted a project yesterday, this is mine. We held a scheduled workshop last weekend Oct 5-6, 2012 (scheduled as a 2 day but everyone got finished in one day) 10 People showed up to make Hand Planes. Ed had gotten wood for everyone (Maple for the body and Purpleheart for the other pieces.
I brought my own wood. The main block was cut as 1 9/16 square by 6” long. I brought a piece of Red Ecuyplus that I got from Ira The sides are a piece of Texas Ebony that I got from Gerald. I used Ed’s Purpleheart for the wedge.
The blade is 1/8” by 1 1/2” by 3 1/2” long. We tempered the blade as part of the workshop. Heating the edge of the pre sharpened blade to cherry red and dropping into some oil and then tempering in an oven at 400 deg for 30 minutes. We had a couple of Worksharp machines to do a final sharpening, but I took my blade to sharpen at home. I left the machines for those who don’t have a machine.
The 3/8” dowel had part of one side cut off to hold the wedge in place. The dowel is not glued in, it is free to rotate.
The heel block is taken from the piece that was cut out for the throat. It does not rest against the blade. It is just to give you wood for your palm to push against.
It was about 5 hrs to make these planes. I took my microwave to cure the glue if anyone wanted to. I and my sons used it, but I don’t know if anyone else did.
We always have a great time at these workshops. The cost was $25.00 per person.
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