|Project by Greg In Maryland||posted 10-20-2013 02:48 PM||1497 views||5 times favorited||25 comments|
Here is my creation for the 2013 Handplane Swap. The body is walnut and the sole, cross pin and wedge are hard maple. I used one of Rhett’s 1 inch plane blades and pretty much followed the dimensions of the Popular Mechanics Handplane project and technique of David Finck's Making and Mastering Wood Planes. I finished it with several coats of boiled linseed oil and a few buffed coats of wax. It is about 10 inches long and 1.75 inches wide.
The only significant departure from the references above, is that I used a 5/16th inch brass rod for the cross pin. I drilled a corresponding hole though a 3/4ths square hard maple blank, epoxied it to the brass rod and shaped it as normally done. I was just having a bear of a time getting an acceptable round tenon on the end of the crosspin so I punted. It worked like a charm.
This was the first plane I made and truth be told, I was really reluctant to give it up. Fortunately, I was making a 2nd plane in parallel that is nearly finished so I will be at ease.