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Scrap Shoulder Plane and awl

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Project by Mike posted 09-07-2008 01:41 AM 1782 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tried my hand at heating and bending steel and added a sasafrass handle.

Had a bit of scraps none the same size or even so tried a shoulder plane.

The Main Part is Oak, as well as the wedge, the sides are bubinga, the sole is wenge, with some brass rod and the blade is cold steel 3/4” wide by 1/4” thick now I have to finish sharpening and temper the blade.

I am going to try with the shaving exit hole just on one side

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.





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lew

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#1 posted 09-07-2008 01:45 AM

Very Nice!! Let us know how the plane works.

What did you use to heat the steel?

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Mike

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#2 posted 09-07-2008 02:11 AM

Mapp Gas torch then dip it in Olive Oil, better than motor oil. Less chance of a fire also.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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jockmike2

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#3 posted 09-07-2008 11:27 AM

I saw that same article and that awl is a beaut. Nice plane also.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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USCJeff

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#4 posted 09-07-2008 04:37 PM

I remember wanting to give the awl a shot after the ShopNotes article. Haven’t been brave enough yet. Love the shoulder plane. needed one yesterday.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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Denappy

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#5 posted 09-07-2008 05:42 PM

Very nice job on the awl, really like the look of the handle! Why did you dip in olive oil, not sure I understand that?

-- -=Den

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Mike

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#6 posted 09-07-2008 11:44 PM

You heat the steel then dip it in olive oil to temper it, cold rold steel needs to be hardened or it will lose it’s edge quicker.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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USCJeff

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#7 posted 09-08-2008 02:23 AM

My understanding is the same as Mike. Get it to the right temp, then the sudden quench finishes the tempering process. I’ve used motor oil. Not much of a metal workier admittingly.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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