Making a wedge for Router Plane?
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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 J5 February 2021 at 3:38 pm #699959
What are you useing for a cutter?
Could you post a drawing or picture ?
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 J6 February 2021 at 1:03 am #700031
On mine the wedge is in front of the blade. Which would seem to resist the forces a bit better6 February 2021 at 1:10 am #700035
Upon disassembly i have a tapered blade in mine and pushing it into stock would have a tendancy to tighten the iron
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 J6 February 2021 at 2:03 pm #700077
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
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