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    David B
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    So I’ve been working on the chessboard and unthinkingly decided to use a 1/4″ thick piece of plywood for my substrate (vs. the 1/2″ piece I think Paul used in the course). Well, when it came time to plough the groove for the frame, I did not have a 1/4″ cutter! Cutters are a lot of money on ebay and need to be restored/sharpened most of the time. I wasn’t sure what to do. Do I need to invest in a new plough? Well, maybe…at some point…

    But then this idiot realized that he had a nice hunk of 1/8″ tool steel lying around from having made the wooden spokeshave…And now that I know how to create a blade, how hard could it be to make a cutter that is identical in width to my plywood? Super easy! (and fortunately, my plough is just able to hold a 1/4″ cutter. I am super pleased with the results– a sharp blade with no pitting and a perfect/clean fit. No new plough needed–and now I have confidence to make more should the need arise.

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    Harvey Kimsey
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    Interesting post. I’m betting you can now make a blade that’s better quality than anything you can buy. Thanks for sharing.

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    David B
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    Well, I definitely feel more comfortable crafting such a blade. This one was particularly easy since it’s an old Stanley plough that doesn’t have the “notched” irons–they just tighten in manually.

    Here is the actual groove down the entire length of mahogany that will become the edge of the board. Pretty clean cut throughout!

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    Paul Dallender
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    Blimey good job! So when do you start selling the David B brand of chisels then? Even Marples had to start somewhere.

    Paul - A southern lad living up north - Nr York England

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