I’ve finally gotten around to making a radius-bottomed plane. Actually two of them, though the first one is in pine and was made as a prototype to help me see the pitfalls during building. In one of the pictures it is shown with a “mock” iron made of maple. The “real” plane is from a chunk of maple.
I shaped the iron to fit the sole of the pine plane and when shaping the maple plane, I refined it to use the same iron as the pine plane. A hacksaw was used to rough out the shape and that really saved a lot of time filing (it still took a while). Still need to harden and temper the iron.
I’m happy with how these came out and can’t wait to use them on a chair or stool project soon.
Like Jude @jude noted with his planes, I found it a poor idea to try clamping the glued-up plane in the vise and so I used F-body clamps. Still not perfect; a little bed modification was needed after gluing.
Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/