|Project by Don Broussard||posted 10-21-2013 01:14 AM||1781 views||1 time favorited||18 comments|
I call this a “junior jointer” plane. It’s made of purpleheart wood that served with the US Army in Afghanistan as supports for outriggers on heavy equipment. It’s just under 18” long, 2-3/8” wide, and about 2” tall and made of purple heart, including the wedge and pin. IIRC, the plane weighed about 3 pounds. Bed angle is 50 degrees and the toe angle is 60 degrees for shavings ejection. Iron is a Nice Ash, 1-1/2” wide, hollow ground with a 25 degree bevel. I installed a strike button on the front—I embedded a 2013 penny under the strike button. The mouth is square to the plane’s edges and cuts well, even though the mouth is a bit wide. The plane’s top edges were rounded over with a 3/4” roundover bit on a router table. I also included a front strike button for depth adjustments. I filled the package with shavings from the plane on ash and pine.
I made the fitting of the iron a bit too tight. With the change in humidity from south Louisiana to Las Vegas, NV, the iron doesn’t fit the opening. I wanted it to fit tightly to avoid side-to-side movement, but I made it too tight. Sorry ‘bout that, Paul!
Hammerthumb, JayT and terryR all have shop-made tools from that batch of purpleheart now. Y’all are “connected”.
Inspired by this plane swap, I am now working on two additional planes: a jointer and a high-angle smoother.
-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!