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    Cute little curved sole plane

    Hi there.

    Thanks to Frank Fusco who was kind enough to send me two pieces of osage orange wood I've been able to make this plane. I've never worked with this wood and I must say that I discovered that apart from its colour it is a good wood for carving, the grain is too evident but that's part of the challenge.

    Well here it goes.
    One of the pieces developed a flaw all along it, most problably it didn't like the overseas travel and spanish climate, so my initial idea of keeping the grain matching on the plane had to be changed.

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    I planed the piece until I got rid of the flaw, cut the center part from one half and the two cheeks from the other half. I stuck the cheeks with double sided table to a longer board to pass them through the thicknesser and even them.

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    Drew the angles of the front and back piece and cut them on my miter saw.

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    Aligned the pieces, and used dowels to keep them aligned.

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    Made the holding pin, its holes on the cheeks and glued alltogether.

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    I filed away the curved shape of the front part until it matched the curve of the blade. The extra thickness seen on the pic is left to plane away the curvature of the sole leaving a tight throat clearance. ( see next pic).

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    Planned the curvature of the sole taking as a reference the blade itself until it almost reached the edge of the throat, removed the blade and continued planning and checking until I got a hairline gap.

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    Shaped the plane at will, buffered it sharpened the blade to a razor edge and a plane is born!
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    Now I have to make a coopered door cabinet to use it

    Thanks for looking comments questions and everything are welcome.
    Jerry your mesquite pieces are next
    Last edited by Toni Ciuraneta; 07-19-2008 at 06:57 PM.
    Best regards,
    Toni

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    That's beautiful. It will last several lifetimes.
    You make it all sound so simple.

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    Toni, you are truly a craftsman. Great job on the plane and I'm looking forward to your first coopered door project.
    Cody


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    Thanks Frank. A promise is a promise.

    Cody, That coopered door is going to be (I hope) next september, but for the moment I don't even want to think about it! and the problem is that I can't stop doing it and I have two more projects going on that I'd like to finish!

    Arrrgh!.....
    Best regards,
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    That's gorgeous, Toni. I think you will like the way the osage orange looks as it ages.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    That's gorgeous, Toni. I think you will like the way the osage orange looks as it ages.
    Yeah, it turns almost a perfect University of Texas Burnt Orange color.

    Great job on that one, Toni. Coopered doors are a blast but can definitely test your patience.
    Jerry

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    Thanks Jerry, as I said wait and see what comes out from your mesquite.
    Best regards,
    Toni

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    Very nice work Toni. Makes me want to slide down the user-made wooden slope.

    Ken

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    Very nice Toni, you definitely have a talent for making those planes. Am looking forward to see what you do with the mesquite.
    Darren

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    Very nice Toni, you definitely have a talent for making those planes. Am looking forward to see what you do with the mesquite.
    Not until he uses the rest of the Osage Orange!
    Actually, a combo of the two woods would be very attractive. Both are incredibly durable woods.

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