I finally finished my first plane the other day. I will probably go further and shape it as Paul shows for doing chair seats but I couldn’t help putting a coat of BLO on it just to see how that would look. It is made from a block of Cherry that I had laying around. First time I’ve worked with it and found it surprisingly hard. (The wood) As you can see the blade is a bit short. I went with a ready made blade from Lee Valley as I didn’t have any O1 lying around and it turned out to be a bit short although I can make it work. The next one will be shorter in height so it won’t be an issue.
A fun project and good practice making precision cuts and planing things square. Onward and upward!
Sergio and Scott, I guess you are referring to my coachmaker’s rabbet plane (not the Bailey #3) in the cluttered bench photo. I will make a better shot for you and post tomorrow. I began that project years ago but was never quite sure how to make the mortise hole for the blade until Gregg gave me some insights the other day. I also have a drill press now. More to follow.
Sergio and Scott, Here are a couple of more detailed pictures of my rabbet plane. As you can see it’s pretty well complete except for the blade mortise. I even made a blade out of O1 but it was lost when I moved out here a couple of months ago. I may have found a replacement at Lee Valley but this is not as high a priority to finish right now as some other things since my coach making business is pretty slow at present.
I will be sure to post some pics when it is done, thanks for your kind words. I was so taken with the shape and lines of the thing that I started the project not as making a tool but as it was an object d’art. The original was ebony with a bone sole but mine is beech with a micarta sole as that was what I had on hand. If I make another I will use a more exotic wood for the body and maybe ivory micarta for the sole.
[quote quote=27932]I was so taken with the shape and lines of the thing that I started the project not as making a tool but as it was an object d’art.[/quote]
I love the shaping – Reminds me of a stair saw (but this plane looks more comfortable to hold).
Once in a great while I see really interesting examples of old craftsman-made tools that look like they were labors of love. Someone had an inspiration and managed to manifest their idea into a tool. If I were wealthy I would begin a collection – comprised only of fine and unique examples of only these tools.
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