The full size #4 dw Infill

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Project by Don W posted 04-04-2013 12:05 PM 3037 views 13 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest infill.

#4 size, length is 9”, width is 2”.
Metal is low carbon steel from mcmaster carr.
Infill is ebonized walnut. The reason for the ebonizing was “just to try something different”. I seen one I liked that was ebonized walnut, and I had walnut.
Iron is a Hock.
Chip breaker is 1/8” low carbon steel from mcmaster carr.
Lever cap is brass.
It is bedded at 50 degrees.

Its not perfect. Its got a few flaws to show it was done by hand, and it was the first dovetailed plane I’ve made. Its got a few dings where the peen didn’t hit exactly where I was aiming.

All-in-all I’m very happy with the outcome.

More info and pictures shown:

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#1 posted 04-04-2013 12:25 PM

That looks gorgeous, Don! I don’t see the dovetails though. You going to sell any of your infills?

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#2 posted 04-04-2013 12:30 PM

Jeez, Don, that is sooo nice, I cannot think of a superlative to describe it! Over the top! Amazing! Very shiny, too. :)

Pretty soon you’ll be filling custom orders!!! Maybe a 1” wide shoulder plane for me? :)

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

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#3 posted 04-04-2013 12:42 PM

This is magnificent, and if there are flaws, they’re not visible – at least not to me. I see the dovetails, show up in the bottom view. Excellent work and craftsmanship.
I’m going to go through your blog on this build, but in case it’s not covered, did you harden and temper the McMaster O1 steel, or use straight out of the box?
Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 04-04-2013 12:42 PM

Lovely plane, this is my favorite of the ones you have made.

-- Joel

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#5 posted 04-04-2013 12:52 PM

Where did you get the cap screw from?
Results look great, I’ve stared at the shopnotes where they made one of these for over a year now. Yours will be another one for me to stare at till I can find the time.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#6 posted 04-04-2013 12:58 PM


-- John - Central PA -

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#7 posted 04-04-2013 01:03 PM

That’s really nice. What is the bed angle?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Don W

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#8 posted 04-04-2013 01:11 PM

Bondo, its bedded at 50 degrees

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#9 posted 04-04-2013 01:13 PM

Very nice work!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#10 posted 04-04-2013 01:22 PM

Don that is the dogs bollocks and beautiful as well
It looks as though you have the best bits of a Spiers but better looking.
The money shot says all all though Don that is a sweet curl
It must be a pleasure to use, nice one

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#11 posted 04-04-2013 01:33 PM

All I can say is:

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

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#12 posted 04-04-2013 02:13 PM

+ to what Jamie said. Thats he dogs bullocks!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Don W

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#13 posted 04-04-2013 02:14 PM

oldtool, the O1 is used straight out of the box. I think its already harder than it needs to be. Next time i’ll use a low carbon steel, and save the O1 for the chip breaker. If I made my own irons, it would need to be hardened on the sharp end.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#14 posted 04-04-2013 02:26 PM

Absolutely beautiful, building a plane is a daunting task and you have executed it beautifully.

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#15 posted 04-04-2013 03:36 PM

If this result is first try for practice, You’ll be clasified along with such as Brease on your next endevour! My, my that is one finr plane.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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