The desire to make my first hand plane came out of my desire to fix my shooting board. It’s an essential item in my tiny apartment workshop, but shortly after making it, I realized it wasn’t accurate enough. The back beam of the shooting board was not a perfect 90 degrees, but it was off enough to make an impact especially for stock wider than a couple inches.
To make tapered shavings of the beam to compensate for my flawed build, I needed some type of shoulder plane. I wasn’t ready to buy a shoulder plane since I wasn’t sure if I would use it again anytime soon. And so after some online research, a wooden plane powered by one of my budget chisels seemed like the best compromise for this limited problem.
To cut a long story short, the hand plane sucked, and now the challenge for me is to learn all the reasons. My current diagnoses is the chisel is cheap and can’t get sharp enough, and the back of the chisel is not flat to create a firm bedding. Feedback will be much appreciated.
Build details below:
Here I’m marking guide holes for dowels that’ll ensure a guided good glue up (something I’ll try with my next shooting board).
After the glue up, I marked the angles at 45 & 51 degrees.
Chiseling out the waste.
This is sadly the best shaving I got: too thick, and clogged the throat right before the chisel chattered and slipped.
One thought was to make it more comfortable and hence easier to push. And so begun an ugly but more comfortable design turn.
I then marked out some drift wood I had lying around.
And tried again…not any better :(
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