Miniature #4 Silver Plane

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Forum topic by ArtRafael posted 02-11-2015 04:29 PM 935 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2015 04:29 PM

“I like hand planes. They’re fascinating tools.”

So I decided to build a miniature 1/4 scale #4 sterling silver smoothing plane.
I had forgotten just how much of a challenge it was to build a genuine frog with so many operations and tight tolerances at 1/4 scale -
not to mention all the other components.

But cabin fever got the best of me, and I just jumped in.

Below is my rendition of a miniature 1/4 scale # 4 silver plane. Every operation works just like that on the full scale plane. Ralph

See the build video on youtube:

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#1 posted 02-11-2015 06:02 PM

Beautiful work as usual.

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#2 posted 02-11-2015 07:25 PM

If you get tired of housing it, I’ve a perfect shelf at my place.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#3 posted 02-11-2015 07:37 PM

Your meticulous attention to detail is inspiring. I wouldn’t wish cabin fever on anyone. With results like this, though, it’s hard. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 02-11-2015 10:10 PM

Thanks all. I appreciate your thoughts. Ralph

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#5 posted 02-11-2015 11:22 PM

Excellent! Beautiful! Superlative! Bravo!

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#6 posted 03-04-2015 03:29 PM

Thanks, Buckethead. I’ve had some requests to purchase and am considering a limited production run – if I can even build another.

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#7 posted 03-04-2015 04:05 PM

Dang, Ralph, that’s awesome! I have no idea how you can make something so small that works and looks that good.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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