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About a year ago, I got itch to try something different. I had just completed a project that had several mortise and tenon joints. A couple of the tenons needed finessed into place and I wished I had a shoulder plane to help with the fitting. When I researched the planes on line, I discovered how expensive they can be. As luck would have it, I received a woodworking magazine that had instructions on how to make your own plane.
My plane was made from brass, steel and purpleheart. The blade is a replacement blade from a supplier mentioned in the article.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.





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BertJ

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#1 posted 05-17-2008 10:17 PM

Nice! A recent project of mine had dozens of notches that had to be precise. I finally broke down and brought the very expensive Leigh-Neilsen medium shoulder plane. I do love it, but wish I had the metal-working talent you have AND had plans to make my own. Way to go, dude! Thanks for posting.

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mjlauro

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#2 posted 05-17-2008 10:51 PM

I would love to get a look at that article. Great job!

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lew

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#3 posted 05-18-2008 12:31 AM

mj,

The magazine was Shop Notes Vol 15, Issue 88.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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SteveKorz

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#4 posted 05-18-2008 05:03 AM

That is one fine looking shoulder plane.

I’ve got that mag, was it a very hard undertaking to get the double dovetailing done on the metalwork?

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#5 posted 05-18-2008 01:06 PM

Very nice. I have been looking at these and, yes, they are not cheap. It is wonderful to build your own. Thanks for the Shop Notes reference. I will have to look into this.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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lew

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#6 posted 05-18-2008 04:04 PM

Steve,

The double dovetail is a type of illusion. The base is filed to the shape of a double dovetail and then the soft brass is peened into the shape and filed smooth.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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SPHinTampa

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#7 posted 05-18-2008 11:59 PM

Looks amazing … I am always intimidated by working with metal, even brass.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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Dorje

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#8 posted 05-19-2008 07:57 AM

Great looking plane and I bet it works well too!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#9 posted 05-22-2008 06:56 AM

Greta Job!!!! Making one of these is high on my priority list. Thanks for sharing.

-- Kevin

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#10 posted 05-30-2008 09:40 PM

Great looking plane

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#11 posted 06-08-2008 10:29 AM

Wonderful plane. How well does it work?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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lew

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#12 posted 06-08-2008 04:32 PM

Wayne,

It works surprisingly well. Other than a few “beat the heck out of something” mallets, this was my first home made hand tool.

The blade adjustment took a little to get use to because I have to remember to release the wedge before turning the adjustment screw.

Thanks for asking!!

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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WayneC

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#13 posted 06-08-2008 10:51 PM

Cool. Thanks for getting back to me.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#14 posted 01-01-2009 07:51 PM

Lew Great job. Our woodworking is making an all wood one next weekend. I’ve read that they flex a lot but It will be fun making one.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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Edward E Nock II

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#15 posted 04-30-2009 09:27 PM

Lew…...It was nice to meet you @ Karson’s . You freeked me out w/ your Celtic Rolling Pin. I did figured it finally. What the is about is, I’m the process of making the very same Shoulder Plane. My problem is fabricating the sloe,i.e.,filing the tails/ finger joints. Is there an easier way than shown? I made a brass inlay plane & cut the joints on my tablesaw. Brass is alot softer than steel. I don’t have a milling mach.

What you did there is absoulty a work of art. Beautiflt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ED

-- ED NOCK

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