Well I have it bad this plane disease. So it should be no surprise to you all that i have had a go at making my first wooden plane.
Being a little chicken i did not spring for a great blade figured i would first test the woodworking skills out. So i found a replacement blade only at LV for a wooden Taiwanese plane series they sell. Picked up the blade for $12.80 which took the risk out of it. Its a HSS steel blade mind.
Anyhow I picked up a log on the side of the road a few years back and decided now was its time. So got the bandsaw going and cut a small section out for my plane.
Set to work milling and cutting the block to size ( no size in particular just by feel) and then got down to looking up Toni's Plane to get the details all sorted out.
Well after the weekend on and off in the shop, taking a break from finishing the bench i have this to show for my efforts.
This is flatwork and spinny job since the cross pin that the wedge pushes against was a square cut piece of the log that i turned specially for the occasion to try and keep the whole plane out of the same wood and log.
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Note the small touch of putting a flat face on the pin afterwards with a plane i might add (Sorry for the poor photos. Thats not my speciality.
Here is how the wedge came out and the cross pin side removed.Attachment 38234. Thought you might like to see the complex figure in the end grain on this wood so here is great pic to show it.Attachment 38230
Then an overview of all the components
Here is one partial assembly with side removedAttachment 38231
And the sole of the plane showing the plane in situ with the wedge holding it in the throat. Wish I had managed to make the throat tighter (ah well next time or maybe an insert).Attachment 38236
The plane from the sole all assembled but not glued up.Attachment 38237
Then finally a view of the plan overall also mock up still have to do the glueing and then the trim shaving and cutting. Attachment 38235
Well i still have a ways to go before its finished and i can take a trial cut and do some tuning but I think it came out way better than i expected.
I would like to echo Tonys words here and say this is a good project for some instant gratification and a quicky to get done in a weekend even with some interuptions for other things in life. Also you spinny guys can do this and still get curlies.
Hope it inspires some rookies like me to take the plunge. Total cost CDN$12.80.
Not bad Eh! Comments welcome.