|Project by Brian||posted 12-16-2013 04:50 PM||1370 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
Here a a few tools I made for plane making. I used 3/16” and 1/8” tool steel from Amazon, (which ended up being Starrett brand). The floats were fun to make, if anyone wants me to make a set for them just drop me a line and fifteen or twenty thousand dollars and I’ll get them right out to you. ;-)
I went through a few files and many hours shaping the teeth. I decided not to heat treat them so that they’ll be easier to sharpen in the future. The handles are Sapele.
The chisel is a design I borrowed from Joe McGlynn’s website. I thinned down the steel on my belt sander checking frequently to ensure I got it to 1/10”. I then heat treated the steel using a blow torch and some peanut oil for quenching. I used an old toaster oven found at a yard sale and to temper the steel. One hour at 325 degrees and the hardness seems good. The handle is Cambara.
This was my first time heat treating, and after reading everything I could online and in Ron Hock’s “The Perfect Edge”, it was pretty easy and straight forward.
I’ve started my first moulding planes, and so far the tools work very well.
-- Brian, Jericho Vermont