|Project by wb8nbs||posted 04-19-2013 11:54 PM||1523 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
I own a Stanley 45 Combination plane. Two of them actually (long story). About a year ago the Dupage Woodworkers club started a small SIG of people who owned these tools. We met a few times, had a good time, and explored the tool but nobody could think of a real project.
I found one. Last fall, Roy Underhill in season 32 of “The Woodwright’s Shop” had an episode titled “The Eleven Grooved Box” in which he uses THREE Stanley 45s. You can view this at the PBS web site. This March, I set out to duplicate his project as best I could. The first two photos here are the final box in Red Oak. The third picture shows the Oak box along with four others I made while learning how to work the Stanley correctly.
The box design uses 45 degree miters at each corner with a cross grain spline inserted to add strength. Roy said cutting those spline slots in the end grain was the part that gave his students the most trouble. He was right. A millisecond of inattention and the slot is shredded.
So I did what any self respecting woodworker would do…. I made a jig. I’m sure Roy wouldn’t mind. Looking at the geometry of the problem, I realized the fault occurs when you let the plane roll to the left. The jig in the fourth photo rigidly constrains the bottom of the plane fence as well as the face of the fence. In the fifth photo you can see how the fence sits on top of the back stop. Sixth photo is one of the spline grooves cut with the jig.
More on the jig at “this wordpress page”: http://wb8nbs.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/the-eleven-grooved-box/.
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