|Project by bonobo||posted 05-14-2013 05:22 PM||3508 views||13 times favorited||9 comments|
I needed a panel gauge and made this version from maple. It’s about 24” long. The bottom of the beam is chamfered to bear against the angled bottom of the mortise and this eliminates any tendency of the beam to wiggle horizontally. It’s important to leave some kind of gap below the beam. I patterned the cutter and wedge after a moulding plane. The screw bears against a thin piece of scrap brass that in turn presses on a maple bushing, so it doesn’t mar the top of the beam. I used a triangular file to turn the thumbscrew into a self-tapping screw.
The beam ended up a bit slimmer than I had designed it because I didn’t check for wind at the early stages. I couldn’t have handled the curly maple grain without my excellent Veritas LAJ (a plane that I grow fonder of with every project). Finished it up with a couple of coats of shellac and paste wax.
AAAAARG! I just noticed that my sketch shows the rebate on the wrong side of the fence!
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