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Forum topic by Mark posted 08-09-2013 03:31 PM 1160 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-09-2013 03:31 PM

As per Don’s request I’ve added a couple of pics of my latest creation. Knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t have made the blade opening so big, but that’s what the plan called for.
It does work, but the shavings are fairly thick and it plugs up a lot.

Any thoughts on a fix or should I drop it in my smoker?

-- Mark


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#1 posted 08-09-2013 03:41 PM

If you plan to drop it in the smoker, I’ll send my address. It’s definitely workable. First, don’t worry about the wide mouth. It should work decent. If you’re not making fine shaving, either you are not sharp, or you are cutting to deep. This picture is from here and look at the shavings Mos is getting.


The front can be opened up with a sharp chisel if it needs to be, but work on fine shavings first. You need sharp, and very shallow cuts.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#2 posted 08-09-2013 03:49 PM

Thank you Don. I like to think it’s pretty sharp, as I can shave the hair on my hand. You mentioned the other day you thought the wedge might be to big. Should I take that down to a finer edge (point)?

-- Mark

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#3 posted 08-09-2013 04:01 PM

Should I take that down to a finer edge (point)?

Just make sure it fits the bar, so maybe mark the bottom of the bar and put a sharper angle from there down, but I don’t think that’s the problem. I have removed some wood on the back side of the bar to give myself some room. Just don’t go crazy.

And the main thing is to have room to reach in with your finger. With a wooden plane of this type, its common to have to remove the shavings after a few strokes. The natural curl coming off the iron puts them under the bar, its just the nature of the beast.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#4 posted 08-09-2013 04:40 PM

with a nice big chunk in the mouth, no less :-P

I have to clear it almost every time when I’m taking full width shavings, less so when I’m just edge jointing.

If you’ve convinced yourself that it’s sharp enough, and you don’t think that’s the problem, make sure the sole is flat. If it is, then try setting the iron so it doesn’t cut, and very very lightly tap the blade down while moving it across a board until it starts to catch. Beyond that, I don’t have many ideas.

Like Don mentioned, it’s just the nature of the beast sometimes, when it comes to clogging. In contrast, look how much room there is to clear shavings on an iron plane vs a wooden plane

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#5 posted 08-10-2013 01:02 AM

Just speculating… I really can’t afford to spend money on more tools right now, but I have SO much wood I could build with. Seeing this post gave me the idea

I have a 7” block plane, and I’m thinking of harvesting the blade to put into larger home made plane. Would this work you think? The blade itself isnt very wide, but if I put it into a larger body I could get more use out of it right?

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#6 posted 08-10-2013 11:28 AM

Joseph, I’ve got 2 scraper planes in my projects I made with block plane irons. They work very well.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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