|Forum topic by Greg In Maryland||posted 161 days ago||420 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
161 days ago
I am building a few planes for the hand plane swap. I plan to make two smoothers—one for myself and one for the swap. I have a few questions that I thought I would throw out to the group for their collective input:
1) I am using of one of Rhett’s 1 1/2 inch blades without a chip breaker. I was thinking of embedding small magnet in the bed to help keep the blade in the plane when fiddling with it. Obviously any protrusion into the bed by the magnet would be a problem, but beyond this are there any issues with trying this out?
2) Over at woodnet (yes, I am a Lumberjocks cheater) a fellow stuffed this plane with lead. Link. My understanding from reading about infill planes and planning in general that mass is beneficial. What do you think of that approach for a smoother approximately 10 inches long?
3) For the hand plane swap is it proper etiquette to flatten and sharpen the blades? What about putting a makers mark on the plane?
4) What finish would folks recommend? I plan on using hard maple and walnut. The sole will be hard maple and rest of the plane will be walnut. I don’t want a finish that will yellow the hard maple, though I don’t think that adding a finish on the sole is probably the best thing. On those lines, is the throat and bed finished?
That’s it for now