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Thread: My first handmade plane ( UPDATED NOV 09)

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    My first handmade plane ( UPDATED NOV 09)

    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.Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	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.Click image for larger version. 

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    Then an overview of all the components
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    Here is one partial assembly with side removedClick image for larger version. 

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    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).Click image for larger version. 

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    The plane from the sole all assembled but not glued up.Click image for larger version. 

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    Then finally a view of the plan overall also mock up still have to do the glueing and then the trim shaving and cutting. Click image for larger version. 

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    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.
    Last edited by Rob Keeble; 11-09-2009 at 03:02 PM. Reason: Add to title
    cheers

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    Your right you do have it bad... You bet me to it I'm getting ready to make one myself. I think mine'll be a smoother probubly a #4. Great job.
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    Nice looking plane Rob.

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    Danggone fine piece of work there Rob!!! Can't wait to see it make curlies!!! I ever learn to use one of those there things, looks like a project I would like to try!! Thanks for the post and pictures, they really cleared up some of the magic for me!!
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    Looks like a fun project Rob and great workmanship as usual.
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    hurry up Rob,, i want to see how it works when finished,, and remebrt o shape it to fit your hands yu wont want those sharp corners for working with it..
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    Great job Rob!. I look forward to see curlies swirling out from it!

    My only comment would be that you could have spared the two central pins.
    The pins are only for alignment when gluing, once dry you cut them away with the rest of the excess body length.

    Anyway, now you'll have two decorative dots on each side of the plane.

    Try and tune it before spending time shaping it, once you make nice curlies then shape it to your liking, and what you feel comfortable in your hands.

    Another thing to bear in mind, is the wedge; on yours it looks as if it was going to fall, it doesn't penetrate much further down than the central pin. That may lead to a bad blade subjection. Make it's angle a bit smaller and check where it presses angainst the pin. You will identify the contact points because you'll see burnished spots, the burnished mark should go from one side to the other of the wedge, or be on each side at the worse. That will ensure you a proper blade hold.

    The order I followed in my last plane was: first drill the holes for the aligning pins, then cut the cheeks or sides, in this way the holes align perfectly and you needen't clamp the sides to drill them.

    BTW when are you going to make a plane adjusting hammer?
    Last edited by Toni Ciuraneta; 10-19-2009 at 12:55 PM.
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    Thanks for all the comments guys. Toni I actually decided i wanted to keep the pins for decoration. Actually wanted to make them brass but did not have anything on hand that i could do that with so next time.

    By the way i followed you 60degree instead of 65 and i did not have any trouble honing the HSS blade. It came pretty well ground but honing it was a matter of a few passes on the strop with old herbs yellowstone. So I am keen to see it in motion.

    I also decided at build time no sole but after ending up with a bigger than wanted gap in the throat I am rethinking that and might put a thin sole on to narrow down the throat.

    This wood is lovely and hard and dense so its perfect for the job. I want to see how it comes out when i finish it. thats the part i have not taken to with woodworking. I tend to follow in my dads footsteps there. He was a great starter at projects but poor finisher and by that i dont mean just the aspect of applying a finish, once a project got to functional stage for him the fun was over. I am hoping seeing something in the wood makes me go all the way. Plus once you post it on this forum there is pressure to finish and i need that.

    You were right Toni about it being a big boost and a pleasant break from an existing project. Nice quick return on time.

    We will see how it planes soon.
    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    . He was a great starter at projects but poor finisher and by that i dont mean just the aspect of applying a finish, once a project got to functional stage for him the fun was over.
    Well... I think that many of us are like that, once the challenge is over we tend to loose interest
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