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Blog entry by sonokling posted 03-30-2017 10:02 PM 840 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First the story;

In January this year I made a saw vice. Because my working space is minute I decided to clean it up and chamfer it outside. It was freezing!!
When I’d finished planing it my hands and fingers were numb with cold.

I was thinking about this later in the day and came to the conclusion that a wooden block plane would have been more comfortable to use, due to the thermal efficiancy of wood. However…..
All my life I have used a Stanley 60 1/2 low angle plane. These are 1 1/2” wide. No matter how I tried over the years, I never was comfortable with a plane the size of a Stanley 9 1/2, so to make and use a wooden plane of that width would restrict me to a blade width of 1”- 1 1/8”, too narrow. I also desired a steel sole because I tend to plane all sorts of material which would destroy my Lie Neilson 102 bronze block.

So the parameters were set;
a. no wider than a 60 1/2.
b. no higher than the above.
c. the only metal parts could be the sole.
( I compromised later and added an adjuster.)

Looking in my junk/treasure box I found this very poor example of a 102. Steel sides awful.

Note the mouth was enormous!!

I set about stripping the plane down, removed the bent metal blade support, and reduced the mouth opening with a piece of steel angle, screwed on.

The original height over the cap iron was much more than I wanted and was contemplating milling a lower bevel. However, when I sketched it out I thought I could get away with the existing blade angle.

I infilled it with walnut, put a simple adjuster in, and, because i had a couple of thin rosewood offcuts. fixed them on the sides with epoxy.

Tadaa!!! Probably the most inelegant plane I’ve made, or even seen. But it works. Now I need a bitterly cold day to test it properly.

Allweather??? Well should we ever have a real scorcher of a summer in England, I’ve no doubt that the thermal wood coating will keep me safe.

regards,
Paul

-- Paul England



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Brit

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#1 posted 03-31-2017 07:44 PM

Very nice Paul. Maybe this year we’ll have a few scorching hot days..

-- https://www.clickasnap.com/Andy61 - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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sonokling

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#2 posted 04-01-2017 07:59 AM

Andy,
Thank you for your comment. As a person who invariably works outside, you will know where I’m coming from:)
I work on two stools, made from decking, and a cupboard that we keep the garden stuff in.
A workmate is a luxury I aspire to:)

best regards,
Paul.

-- Paul England

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#3 posted 04-01-2017 09:19 PM

Yeah I feel your pain Paul. I actually have a little workshop now with a that will do for now workbench in it. I’ve insulated it for all year use and I love it. My old Workmate has not seen any use for a couple of years now.

-- https://www.clickasnap.com/Andy61 - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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FoundSheep

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#4 posted 04-03-2017 05:44 PM

A very awesome project Paul! Definitely finding both an effective and an elegant solution.
I might just do something similar for the fun of it, after seeing the outcome of yours. How did you attach the adjuster? Is there anything different you’d do, or lessons for next time?

-- -Will, FoundSheep Designs

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#5 posted 04-03-2017 05:49 PM

I really like the look of this block plane! Well done, and I second the request for info re: the adjuster.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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sonokling

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#6 posted 04-05-2017 01:02 PM

Thank you Will and Smitty for your interest.
What would I do differently?
First of all the plane isn’t heavy enough. Had it been a cast sole that would have helped. A Stanley 110 would have been a better donor, but it would have ended up too wide. A thicker blade helped a little because of the extra weight.
I may make another from a Stanley 102 once I’ve had a good chance to iron out any niggles that crop up. Rosewood for the sides wasn’t that good an idea. I could only bond it to the metal otherwise any rivetts would have conducted cold from the sole to my hand. Rosewood doesn’t bond well to metal because of it’s oilyness.
The adjuster;
This is a simple affair;

I’ve used metric threads because I’m not conversant with American small threads. A common 5mm thread is approximately 3/16” 32tpi and a 3mm thread is approximately 1/8” 40tpi. But use what is available. I do.

best regards,
Paul.

-- Paul England

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#7 posted 04-05-2017 03:50 PM

That is very cool way of making the adjuster. Definitely simpler than I was thinking of.

-- -Will, FoundSheep Designs

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