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Forum topic by lateralus819 posted 03-23-2014 03:39 AM 1155 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2014 03:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: infill plane

So I’‘ve been wanting to build (albeit not all) an infill. I figure to get a good gist of the process, i’d start with a pre-made body, in this case a V&B 807. I have a #7 body, but the casting is quite thing and the V&B was cheap.

I plan on Cutting it down to a 4 1/2 size. I was going to pick up a cast bronze lever cap, but since it was smaller than the width of the plane, i picked up a chunk of brass to fab my own. I will also have to make a screw, which i hope goes well if I’m imaging it correctly.

I will probably use a Lee valley blade. I was debating on either a no cap iron blade, or one with the slot, and make a cap iron akin to the old norris with the beveled edges at top. Still debating.

I’ve never quite liked the “buns” on infills, i think they’re too unnatural looking, even Sauer says theyre uncomfortable. So i’ve loosely based mine from something likes his. The tote is something a little different as well, I’ve wanted to have a tote on a plane that resembled the ever so beautiful handles from a saw. I think it will lend itself quite nicely to the planes shape.

The body will be based off a stanley gage (so far). I want something racy, and cool. While the typical infills are nice, they’re just not my thing. The base I’m using has a similar bed to a bedrock, so luckily i can probably leave it and work around it, and it will add mass.

I’ve yet to figure out a wood, I’ve drawn it with a dyed curly maple, and it does look cool! I am hoping to find a really cool burl or something, We will see!

All in all i hope it goes well, and i am determined, regardless of how long it takes. I think it will be fun! And the inspiration goes to DonW for his behemoth of an infill, the sargent. I think if Thor was a woodworker, it’d be his plane!

Here’s a sketchup model of my design. Excuse my sketchup skills, still learning. And if anyone has any suggestions I’m all ears. I’ll let this serve as a way to update if anyone is interested. Thanks

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#1 posted 03-23-2014 11:54 AM

It sure looks like a fun project.

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#2 posted 03-23-2014 03:49 PM

I hope so! I was talking to my brother in law about laser engraving the sides and lever cap. Got some ideas brewing.

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#3 posted 06-24-2014 02:04 PM

How has this been coming? Just saw it for the first time today. I made one using the same technique and one thing I noticed was that the inside corners are not sharp, so there is plenty of work that needs to be done to get all the guts ground out of it. Even with a hacksaw and regular woodworking tools, an infill from scratch is not too much more work than doing one of these. I know, I’ve built three from scratch and done the one like this. Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t, as I am thinking of using an old #4 body I’ve got kicking around to do another.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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