A question about Paul’s router plane.

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    Julio T.
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    Hello all.

    I’m making a Paul’s router plane these days. I’ve made the sole from some scraps of regular beech. It has come out very fine, flat, squared and straight, but due to size and bad twisting of my original scraps the thickness of the sole is 7/8 inch, not 1 inch.

    As I work in chemical industry, I’ve got a piece of calibrated stainless steel sheet. It has 0,5 mm of absolute uniform thickness and it’s big enough to cover the entire sole. I’m thinking about adding it to the sole glueing it with epoxy. I think that it would be good for protecting the sole of wear, extending its useful life, and would compensate a little the lack of thickness that I’ve lost flattening and leveling my wood. It is very little, I know.

    And this is my question: should I add the sheet of steel or should I leave the sole on the wood surface? I’ve always read (including Paul’s comments about it) that the contact wood on wood produces less friction than metal-wood contact. I must say that my experience with wooden planes is very limited 🙁 .

    Any advice?

    Thanks a lot to everybody in advance.

    #746483
    Matt Mahan
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    I’d skip the plate. That 1/8” difference in thickness is negligible, and regular tuning is going to be much easier with the wood sole.

    #746484
    Matt Mahan
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    Well, I say “negligible” but make sure your fasteners won’t break through, of course.

    #747477
    Julio T.
    Participant

    Ok, Matt. I think that leave it on the wood sole is the best. Thank you for helping.

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