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    Making Moulding Planes - Wooden Planes

    I have a few projects coming up that will require some rather large matched hollows & rounds and I've had some trouble finding what I need with out spending over $1k for a matched set of 20. SOooo it's time to make em myself...

    I was unable to locate any 8-10/4 beech locally however I was able to trade a guy over on the barter site for some 4/4 so I decided to go with laminations to get the ball rolling. The picture starts off with a glued up blank marked out for my tongue mortice and mouth. I'm basing the dimensions and angles off of my other planes so the iron bedding angle is 50 deg and the opposing mouth angle is 60 deg.

    I got the mortise started, then used a hand cc saw to establish the mouth.
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    Finished the through mortise, widened the mouth. Then I planned out my radius and started with a jack, then to a finely set block and then to sand paper.

    It's not pictured but I slapped on a coat of BLO and set it aside to work on the iron.
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    I marked out my blade on some oil hardened 1/8 starret brand steel (unsure of grade). The temper has previously been removed and I was able to cut it with a 12 TPI high tension hacksaw.

    Then I installed it after a bit of tweaking with the grinder, marked my profile and went back to the grinder with it. The wedge you see pictured is from one of my other old planes... I'll make it it's own later and sharpen the iron.

    This was all done this morn from 0700-1130 so it's been a bit intensive but I think it's going well. I'll sharpen the iron and run some test after lunch and Jr's Dr apt.

    Take care, and thanks for looking!
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    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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    You're making great progess. Looks great.

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    will you reharden the iron after your done shaping it? and this was interesting to watch how they made them back in the past..
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau
    will you reharden the iron after your done shaping it? and this was interesting to watch how they made them back in the past..
    Yes, I'll be hardening the cutting edge of the iron once I get the primary bevel ground.

    ps. I should have mentioned I've used only hand tools up to the point of the grinder. I wanted to go all by hand but I just couldn't ignore the advantages a power grinder would give me for the iron. So no 100% but I'm happy with that.

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