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Forum topic by Marn64 posted 03-26-2017 10:12 PM 401 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Marn64

295 posts in 619 days


03-26-2017 10:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plane metalworking designing traditional infill

Let me start by apologizing for all the run on sentences in this, I have a lot of thoughts and info that I want to talk about! So I have been spending the past week designing a 7 inch long Norris inspired infill plane, it is going to be dovetailed, I originally said it was going to be done with peened pins, but I concluded that I would never learn dovetailing a plane by doing that. I have drawn out the where the wood will go and all the radiusing and curves on the wood, but I have to finish designing where the steel will meet the wood on the rear of the plane and where the cheeks will be (how far above the blade and cap iron should the hole for the lever cap pin go???), the lever cap will be 1/2 inch thick brass or bronze and I am designing a custom label for it. the sole is 1/4 inches thick, I have no idea how thick the sides will be. I am planning on the infill being East Indian Rosewood. The blade is going to be a hefty 3/16ths inch with a 1/8ths inch cap iron pitched 50 degrees (the York Pitch). I drew the angle of the iron at 34 degrees (I have no Idea if that is correct for a 50 degree bedded plane, I just heard someone somewhere say that they angled their norris planes at 34 degrees). the mouth is going to be 11/32, leaving little to no room for the iron to come out but room for filing it open. I have spent days in front of my computer with this paper in front of me, listening to music (almost exclusively David Bowie :)), with a ruler and a drafting/architects pencil, and I have a long way to go, but I am proud of my work so far! I am planning on a blog this summer, when I am planning to actually do this build.

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee


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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 03-26-2017 10:38 PM

So far, so good … can’t wait to see the finished product!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Marn64

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#2 posted 03-27-2017 01:58 PM


So far, so good … can t wait to see the finished product!

- Ron Aylor


Thanks! I am pretty pleased with it so far, especially considering that I don’t have my own Norris to measure from or get reference. I don’t think I have deviated from the original design too much, the farthest I think I will go is having straight sides instead of curved like the original Norris’ had. The only thing holding me back from finishing the design is knowing exactly where the lever cap goes in relation to the blade and the bedding of the iron.

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee

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Marn64

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#3 posted 03-27-2017 03:11 PM

So I found a diagram of a spiers plane that is bedded at 50 degrees and that gave me a general idea of the curves and the hole for the lever cap. I am planning on doing more finessing on the curves on the metal, as the curves are based off a spiers plane and I want it to look more akin to a Norris.

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee

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