Shoulder Plane Update
Well I thought I would post an update to my shoulder plane build. As most of you remember, I am in the midst of building my own shoulder plane. I got the general plans from a Shop Notes Magazine article but changed a few things. One of the things I changed was the steel. This one is made out of Stainless steel mostly, with some brass rivets and a purchased cutting iron.
Well I had to back up and punt so to speak. Some issues came up, but through some careful thought I was able to solider on. As you can see in the latest picture, I got the carcass welded, riveted and epoxied together. I also got the adjuster nut, threaded rod and iron in place. This took far more time than I thought, but I managed to do alright I guess. The tiny hole you see unfilled in the plane is for a brass pin. I do not have that in my possession here at home so that will have to wait. That will be a rivet that holds the stainless steel threaded rod in place that controls the adjuster nut.
Out of fun, and to spice up the top edge of the plane, I added a top brass nut just to have a place to rest my fingers, and as I said, to give it a little flasher look. This is threaded down into an insert so that the nut can be removed if the shoulder plane is in a very deep cut as the nut is wider than the body of the plane.
Other than that I have to take care of some issues with the sole of the plane, the throat and then do some final polishing. That requires some more milling machine time at work, and of course adding the missing brass pin. The polishing will include filing down the rivets and making sure the plane is pretty-pretty and polished up to a mirror like shine. Still, after a long time of considering throwing this plane out and starting all over, I am glad things turned around and its well on its way to making shavings.
Here is a picture mid-way through the build...
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"