Building the infill Plane. Not so much metal work style.

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Project by Don W posted 03-02-2013 09:04 PM 4486 views 13 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some time ago, LukieB sent me a Sargent #422. The base has been cut from 22” down to 18”. The frog was broke, it was missing most other major parts so it sat on my bench for a long time. I wasn’t sure what I was going to to with it, then this idea stuck me.

The infill is made from blood wood, the accent is cherry. Its epoxied to the base.

The knurled knob is made from 3/4” copper pipe with a 1/4” x 20- bolt and bloodwood epoxied into it. I used a file to cut the grooves.

The finish is Brush Oil.

There are more pictures on my blog.

EDIT: Image added with Hock Iron

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#1 posted 03-02-2013 09:16 PM

Outstanding work Don. What are your thoughts on its functionality? It looks awesome, well done.

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#2 posted 03-02-2013 09:16 PM

That turned out great! Someday I will have to try and do this. Great Job!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#3 posted 03-02-2013 09:19 PM

If that aint turnin a turd into treasure i dunno what is Don. I really like how you switched the grain direction on the infill. Finish came out great and without a doubt that dog can hunt.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#4 posted 03-02-2013 09:25 PM

Freakin awesome!

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#5 posted 03-02-2013 09:35 PM

Beautiful work.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#6 posted 03-02-2013 09:58 PM

Excellent, work, Don! I love the knob on the lever cap and the contrasting woods!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#7 posted 03-02-2013 10:18 PM

Fantastic Don, absolutely fantastic! Can I have it back now? : )

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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Don W

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#8 posted 03-02-2013 10:29 PM

Shane I think it will be just like A #6

Lukie maybe when I’m done with it :-)

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#9 posted 03-02-2013 10:33 PM

No Lukie…. ‘cause he’s gonna send it to ME LOL

That thing is freakin’ AWESOME Don!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#10 posted 03-02-2013 10:57 PM

Done with it….. like pry it from your cold dead fingertips? LOL

Really though Don, amazing work, that thing is gorgeous, and looks pretty functional as well! Spectacular rescue of a piece of “Junk”....

I had to pay for the shipping to get him to take it off my hands, LOL

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#11 posted 03-02-2013 11:28 PM

Most excellently done, Jedi master! You must have channelled the force for this one.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#12 posted 03-02-2013 11:49 PM

Interesting that you decided to orient the grain of the bloodwood in the knob perpendicular to the infil Don. What was your reasoning behind that decision? Was it just that you liked the way it looked? Not that I dislike it, I was just looking at the photos and found myself wondering how it would look turned through 90 degrees. I love the tote, the choice of woods and the overall presence that the plane seems to have. You’ve created a gem of a plane.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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Don W

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#13 posted 03-02-2013 11:59 PM

Andy, I made the Knob separate. I wasn’t sure I’d like the cherry. It sat on the bench and I kept turning the Knob. I just liked the way it looked when it was perpendicular.

Thanks all for the Comments

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#14 posted 03-03-2013 12:31 AM

real beauty Don !
Shavings yet ?

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#15 posted 03-03-2013 12:39 AM

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