Wood Wedges? What are these?

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  • #6920
    schs0018
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    Hello woodworking family,

    I have been searching a website where people  sell antiques and art.  I  found lots of old woodworking tools, etc.  You should check it out, http://www.etsy.com, its a great resource as there is no bidding.  Anyway, I came across the below listing for “Vintage Wood Plane Wedges”?  Does anyone have an idea what these ‘wood’ be used for? (pun intended)

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/104256032/vintage-wood-plane-wedges?ref=sr_gallery_34&ga_search_query=wood+plane&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_ref=auto7&ga_search_type=all

    - Jacksonville, Florida

    #6921
    Anonymous
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    Spencer,

    This should answer your question buddy.

    #6923
    schs0018
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    Yes, that makes sense.  I pictured the wedges being a lot bigger and could not figure it out.

    Thanks, Ken!  A picture is worth a thousand words.

    - Jacksonville, Florida

    #6924
    Dave
    Participant

    I’ve always wanted to try to make one of those but I have no idea where to begin.

    -Canada

    #6931
    Scott
    Participant

    Dave-

    If you have interest in making your own hand planes, I can recommend David Finck’s book “Making and Mastering Wooden Planes”. He was a student of James Krenov before he authored his plane making book. He shows how to make laminated planes using a bandsaw a block plane and a drill press. The laminated planes are constructed quite differently (probably a lot easier) than the more traditional plane in Ken’s picture. Those traditional planes are usually constructed in one piece by creating the center void like a mortice, and shaping that mortice using special tools called plane maker floats. Floats are sort of like a combination of a file and a saw in one tool.

    You can see a plane making float being sharpened in the following video:

     

    -Scott

    -Scott Los Angeles

    #6962
    Dave
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    Hey scott, thanks for that info.  Unfortunately I have neither a bandsaw or a drill press 🙂  But those plane maker floats look like handy shaping tools 🙂

    -Canada

    #6970
    Scott
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    Dave-

    You do not have to have a bandsaw or drill press to make a laminated plane. You could easily resaw the stock by hand, saw the mouth out of the center section by hand, and drill the cross pin with a brace and a simple jig to improve accuracy. Using a mitred shooting board like the one in Paul’s video should correct any inaccuracies in the cut.

    Now you got me going. I’m going to have to try to build one…

     

     

    -Scott Los Angeles

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