|Project by Ben||posted 11-23-2012 at 09:44 PM||4006 views||16 times favorited||31 comments|
I’ve been wanting to make a plane for a while now so I figured a rabbet plane would be perfect. I decided to make the blade myself. After doing plenty of research, I thought I might try to make the blade myself. I welded inch of 3/16 inch thick O1 tool steel onto the end of an half inch by 7 inch long piece of mild steel. As you can tell by the pictures, the weld could have been prettier, but after heat treating and some lapping i got the back flat near the edge and the sides to taper slightly from the edge. Its a first attempt so I’ve definitely learned a few things which was my main goal.
The plane body is made from as straight a grained red oak I had on hand. It’s finished with beeswax to fill the pores, and then boiled linseed oil. The wax is another experiment I wanted to try after seeing a video about Roubo’s polisier. I almost didn’t use the oil because the wax left a great finish, but I figured it couldn’t hurt.
As always, comments, critiques, and questions are always welcome.
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