Making a wedge for Router Plane?

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  • #699911
    Debra J
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    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?

    - Debra J

    #699959
    deanbecker
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    What are you useing for a cutter?
    Could you post a drawing or picture ?

    #700022
    Debra J
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    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.

    - Debra J

    #700031
    deanbecker
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    On mine the wedge is in front of the blade. Which would seem to resist the forces a bit better

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    #700035
    deanbecker
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    Upon disassembly i have a tapered blade in mine and pushing it into stock would have a tendancy to tighten the iron

    #700052
    Debra J
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    Beautiful plane!
    I see the tapered iron. My chisel blade is tapered the opposite direction so it would tend to loosen in use.
    I do plan to fit the wedge in front of the blade as well.

    - Debra J

    #700060
    Debra J
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    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!

    Thanks for the help!

    - Debra J

    #700077
    deanbecker
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    Great news and a good start. I am glad you endeavored to persevere and got a working plane. You will enjoy it for as long as you work wood
    Congratulations

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