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Thread: The Ultimate Jack?

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    The Ultimate Jack?

    A year ago I received a selection of timbers from my Galootaclaus (on OldTools List). A length of Ebony went to infill the Brese small smoother kit (and there is sufficient over to infill a St James Bay Thumb Plane kit). There is a block of Padauk. And there was this piece of Mesquite ...



    I have been waiting to build a jack plane around a blade I bought last year. It is 2" wide and 5/16" thick D2. This is very abrasion resistant and could make a super jack plane for use on Australian wood.



    This could be The Ultmate Jack!

    The design is a mix of tradional vintage England with Malaysian influences. Mesquite body with Jarrah tote and wedge.

    The razee body is 15 1/2" long, 2 3/4" wide, and 2" high at the mouth. This keep the centre of gravity low. The plane weighs 1.5 Kg (3.3 lbs).





    The mouth is set wide for a thick shaving. The bevel has not yet been cambered. It will have a radius of 8".



    The blade does not use a cap iron, and the wedge design keeps the mouth free ..





    I should have a full tutorial on building the jack up on my website in a few days.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
    Articles and reviews at www.inthewoodshop.com

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    Man, if that plane works half as good as it looks, you're in great shape. Beautiful work, Derek.
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    Derek, that is one nice piece of work, I'm sure you will enjoy using that plane every time you pick it up
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    Superb work - as usual - Derek! That's some beefy iron you used. Where'd you get it?
    Jim D.
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    Hi Jim

    Not the same iron (no longer on sale) but try here for HSS: http://www.woodworkforums.com/showthread.php?t=100632

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
    Articles and reviews at www.inthewoodshop.com

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    Ooooh I hope you can see me drooling over that plane and all the others on your site. Man its a work of art. I can stare at those pictures all day long.

    What great work.
    cheers

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