|Project by bobasaurus||posted 10-20-2013 06:10 PM||2257 views||10 times favorited||16 comments|
Here is the plane I made for the 2013 Hand Plane Swap (I slept in today… hopefully I didn’t miss the plane submission party). It’s an adjustable mouth 8 1/4” 50 degree smoother made from jatoba, hard maple, walnut for the knob, a brass pin, and some mystery wood for the wedge. The iron is an O1 steel 'half ashed' blade from Rhett at nice ash planes. The adjustable mouth is accomplished with a loose toe piece that has a threaded insert, and it moves in a slot in the fixed part of the toe. Loosening the knob allows for mouth opening adjustments, and it locks down firmly to prevent setting changes in use. I actually had to put some graphite powder between the toe pieces to keep them sliding… the finished parts kept sticking together before this, even after waxing. For the finish I applied a few coats of danish oil, then a few coats of waterlox, then paste wax buffed with a rag.
I found this plane to be surprisingly functional for being the first plane I’ve ever made. I was able to take very fine shavings in any direction with or against the grain, and it seems to hold the setting pretty well with just the wedge. I sent this plane to fellow Lumberjock bondogaposis , and he reported getting shavings down to 0.001” thick. Here are some pictures of the plane in action:
Planing some jatoba.
Planing some knotty hard maple.
Using a neat trick I learned while knifemaking, I etched the blade using an electrolysis method and my laser printer to put on my logo and some text. I sharpened the blade freehand using my shapton pro waterstones up to 15000 grit. Rhett’s blade sure takes a nice edge and holds it for a surprisingly long time for O1 steel.
So I hope bondogaposis makes good use of my plane… it was hard to send it away (like a parent sending their child out into the world I imagine). I did receive a beautiful plane from zwwizard in return, which I will post in the 2013 hand plane swap forum.
For a full build progress log and more finished pictures, visit this link:
-- Allen, Colorado