I am working on a router plane in the style of an Old Woman’s Tooth plane to replace the Poor Man’s version. Making a wedge to fit the mortise where the chisel/cutting iron goes is giving me a little trouble. After a few strokes, the cutting iron works loose yet the wedge is still tight. Clearly the wedge doesn’t fit well.
Anyone made a router plane like this and have experience to share?
The cutter is a Harbor Freight 1/4″ chisel sans handle. (HF chisels don’t have real tangs btw.) I have the mortise hole cut for the chisel. Not sure if I should continue refining the mortise or if I should work on the wedge. I think the wedge I have made is way too soft besides not fitting very well. I will likely make a new wedge. In fact I will probably start on that now.
Well I got a functional router! The new wedge grips so tight I almost didn’t get it back out. (Hot tip: Safety Is Your Concern.)
After looking at your plane and watching a plane making video, I decided to transfer the mortise layout to the end of the plane body. Then I scribed in the thickness of the chisel blade. I cut a new wedge blank and transfered the scribed layout to the wedge. That got me a lot closer to the shape needed. The rest was just fitting and refinement.
I also cut a dowel to plug a hole I drilled through on the first mortise attempt. Really need to work on my aim.
Obviously it needs more shaping and prettying up. But she lives and is ready to dance!