I decide to make a beading cutter for my beloved Record 043 and see how it worked. I ran a general circular file (from Aldi) through some 3mm thick O1 steel and created the circular groove same way as rip cutting in the vice at about 25 deg leaving it about 1mm plus on one side which was for support on the 043. I Cut it out to 12mm with a hacksaw, quickly filed the edges, sharpened it, set it up in the 043 and it works brilliantly!
The whole thing took about 25 mins. and the file used was just what I had in the shop and measured 7mm dia. The outer edge need to be made smaller and the throat clogs with the shavings but the finish was perfect. This means I could do hollows, rounds, etc. basically profiled shaped. I’m still shocked it was so simple …..
I usually fit the o43 with Aldi chisels which makes it behave like a wooden plane in that tapping front drives the edge down and at the rear back it off when the clamp screw is loosened slightly. This method didn’t work too well with the normal cutters or the profiled one I made.
Has anyone ever tried this I would love to know if there are any pitfalls.
- This topic was modified 8 years ago by John Meaney.
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Hey John, that’s great. Making your own tool (or blade in this case) is tremendously satisfying. Will you be hardening the blade that you created? I’m sure it will cut without it, but the sharp edge will last a lot longer if hardened and tempered.
I’ve no experience with tapping a metal plane to advance or back off the iron. But I’d be a little worried about damage. Of course, I hit a wooden plane with a metal hammer, so the metal plane would probably be OK.
I’d agree about hardening cutters which I may do later. It’s more of an experiment – I am pestered with the thought I may possibly accessorize a 043 with a bead, a quirk, a hollow and a round profile cutter to work off the standard 043 using just standard tools. There are dimensional restrictions and the cutters may not work properly but it will be fun to find out! So, fingers crossed it will be good and I can save cash and shop space by NOT buying excess tools.
I share your reservations about overhitting it, I only tap lightly the plane to tweak the blade depth when the chisels are mounted.
Making and modifying tools is absolutely brilliant just wish I had more woodwork time.
I am at risk of sounding like a pedant…but
The record 050 combination planes come with beading cutters just like that. I haven’t tried using them yet.
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