|Project by BTimmons||posted 196 days ago||1226 views||3 times favorited||21 comments|
Gather around children, and I’ll tell you the story about The Ugly Little Jack Plane That Could.
I’ve been lurking and infrequently posting to this site for almost a couple of years now. I sat out the last swaps this site did, the mallets and marking gauges. I wasn’t confident enough in my ability to make something that another woodworker would want to have, to say nothing about frequently using it in their shop. Then it was decided that wood body hand planes would be next. Well, the challenges on Lumberjocks weren’t getting any easier, so I figured that I might as well jump in with both feet and either sink or swim.
So how did I do? In my own estimation, I kept my head above water. But just barely. There are all sorts of things that could’ve been designed better, more than a few “oops” moments, and details that should have been done with more care and patience. Of course, experience is something only acquired immediately after you needed it.
What I ended up with was this razee style jack plane. I decided on a jack for my first homemade plane because it wouldn’t need as much material as a jointer, and wouldn’t require as much precision as a smoother. Alas, I couldn’t even swing the 20 bucks for “Nice Ash” iron like I wanted. Ah, the life of a broke young family man. I decided to use an iron from a circa 1980s Stanley #4 that was never put together that well to begin with, although the iron was still good, of course. I ground the iron with a camber, who knows to what radius, I just eyeballed it. Sharpened and stropped with a freshly dressed chip breaker, and away I went. As you can see in the second picture, it takes a healthy scoop out of a board for quickly knocking down the high spots. So, while it won’t win a beauty contest, I can at least console myself in that it works as intended.
Made from red oak, with a cherry tote and sides, finished with boiled linseed oil. Thanks for looking, everyone. I look forward to seeing what everyone else comes up with for the swap.
-- Brian in Arlington, TX