|Project by USCJeff||posted 1802 days ago||1980 views||1 time favorited||16 comments|
Took another shot at a small plane after my last one ended up only looking pretty. The iron wouldn’t stay put, the sides were too thin, and the crosspin was poorly designed. I abandoned the Wood Magazine Plan as I’m not sure how they got that design to work for them. I went after a more traditional “Krenov” style design. I found resources from Fine Woodworking, Popular Mechanics, and the many projects posted here. I really should get his literature one day.
Anyways, there was once again several errors, but I’m happy to say that they luckily were overcome. The most blatantly apparant is near the walnut crosspin. I initially misplaced the location for the crosspin and had to plug that hole with another scrap of cherry. Oh well. I was extremely careful this time to make sure the blade ramp was perfectly flat and square to the sides. I oversanded the sides a little as a result. I had to grind the iron and breaker slightly narrower. The walnut crosspin has one flat side to it that is parallel to the iron. This made the wedge hold the iron very secure. Last time I had a round metal crosspin and it wouldn’t hold the wedge.
In flattening the walnut sole I got a little overboard and the mouth is slightly larger than I was aiming for. I might attempt to close it with a glue up, but am worried what wood movement might do as a result. So far, I don’t think it’s an issue. Time will tell.
I have done VERY little shaping. I’m going to do it as I go this time as suggested by many. I’ll have to see what works with my hands and go from there. Not used to using wood planes yet.
The plane is aobut 7”L by 1 3/4”W by approx. 2”H. The iron is in the neighborhood of 1 5/8”.
Little wax on the bottom. Left the rest untouched.
-- Jeff, South Carolina