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Forum topic by Douglas Bordner posted 05-20-2012 05:21 PM 1450 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Douglas Bordner

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05-20-2012 05:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question jig plane

I was thinking about using a particularly inexpensive Narex® 6mm mortising chisel

as the iron for a pair of fixed fenced wooden grooving planes ala Matt Kenney’s pair featured in FWW (Members Only link. Images are out there for the googling, but I did not want to link to FWW’s © images.)

Although Lie-Niesen has a pair of irons available, I’m too cheap and not sure I want to heat-treat the LNs which I think one has to do. Can any of you experienced wooden plane makers see a pitfall in this idea, or have a refinement they would share? Do you think a person would need to remove the handle or could that be retained (for mortise work)? I am pretty much a router guy for this function currently, and as I don’t often use miter joints for my boxes, I am probably don’t have enough skin in the game to go whole hog on a project like this, but I thought it might be worth a brainstorm with the LJs.

Bevel up I assume, and as the iron tapers wedging might be affected…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#1 posted 05-20-2012 05:56 PM

i looked at the ones matt made and i dont see why you cant leave the handle on, but im not a real expert at all when it comes to planes, i take it that there at a fixed depth and they slowly go down to the desired depth you made them for, i really like these, but as i have not gotten to the point of using planes a whole lot i use my table saw for this, but, im always trying to get into planes more and more, so i will enjoys this topic here and hope yo learn something

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#2 posted 05-20-2012 09:39 PM


Maybe you can use some lathe tooling to make your blade. Here is a couple of pages from the Emco Catalog.

Page 164 and 165 might have something to use. The square stock is pretty cheap.

They also have drill rod that can be hardened.. Here is some unhardened tooling that is square or rectangle

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#3 posted 05-21-2012 01:04 PM

Thanks for the reference Karson, and thanks for commenting Grizz!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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