diy plane

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Project by Mark posted 08-08-2013 09:40 PM 1490 views 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I built a diy smoother plane using the Popular Mechanics plans and an Iron I picked up at the swap meet. All in all it was an interesting and fun project. The thought of making my own plane is very appealing. I realize the iron is just a tad long, but I don’t think the wood will know. I hand cut the groove for the cap iron screw, but after I cut down the plane to finished size I’m wondering if I needed it at all. I used Maple for the body and base and Cherry for the sides. I followed the assembly instruction and and ed up with a 3/8” opening in the mouth. I don’t seem to be able to get very fine shaving with that large a mouth and it plugs up quite a bit with the big shavings. Oh well. Back to the drawing board.
I’m going to post this on the forum and see if I can get some pointers and advise.

-- Mark

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Don W

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#1 posted 08-08-2013 11:58 PM

it looks like the wedge is pretty thick, which means it doesn’t leave enough room for the shavings to escape. I’d open up the front more.

I’d like to see a picture of the wedge as well. What does the bottom look like.

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