|Project by JayT||posted 09-15-2013 06:57 PM||1756 views||7 times favorited||13 comments|
Frustrated with not having the perfect tool when trying to do some hand tool work on a couple recent projects, I was wanting/needing a plane that could do flush trimming, but on the opposite side of my #78. Looking at purchase options, it was either spending a couple hundred for a new Veritas or Lie-Nielsen or try to find a good vintage #10 or #10-1/2, which would not be inexpensive, either. Instead, emboldened by my experience building a plane for the current Plane Swap, I decided to attempt to build a left-hand rabbeting block plane. If it failed, all I would be out is some time and whatever was spent on materials.
Using some scrap ash and a leftover strip of 150 year old birch from my bench on a bench, here is the result. At around six inches long, 1-1/2 in tall and 2in wide, it is similar in size to my Craftsman block, shown in pic 3 along with a six inch ruler for scale. The size makes for easy one handed use. The inexpensive Stanley Defiance block iron was modified by cutting with a rotary tool and bench grinder. It is bedded bevel down at a 37 degree angle to give a similar cutting angle as a bevel up block plane, but still allow enough wood underneath for strength. Cross pin is a piece of 1/4in stainless steel rod.
It did take a bit of fiddling, scraping, chiseling, filing, etc. to get everything to work right and shavings to eject cleanly, but now works like a charm. For a total investment of $6 and a few hours of my time, I’ll take it.
Hope you enjoy and thanks for looking.
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