The following two pictures are of a pair
of planes that I built in the summer
of 2000. The basic designs of the
planes are based on a pair appearing
in John Whelan's Making Traditional
Wooden Planes
.

(By the way, this pair of planes won second place in the woodworking category at the Guilford (VT) Country Fair on Labor Day of that year! ;-)



Stop Chamfer Plane

The chamfer plane is made of european beech and uses a 1-1/2in Hock iron (without the cap-iron). The thickness of the iron required slightly reshaping the stop and the wedge from the design in Whelan's book.

As with the Jack plane, because I couldn't find stock that was sufficiently thick, the body (and the stop) are laminated from two equal pieces. Likewise, the body's throat was roughly shaped before glue-up. The finish is linseed oil.

Jack Plane

The Jack plane is made of european beech and uses a 2-3/8in Auburn Tool/Thisle Brand double iron made (which I got from Trevor Robinson).

The throat uses the "traditional" design. However, I couldn't find stock thick enough, so the plane is laminated from 3 pieces (the throat was roughly pre-shaped before lamination, and then finished after glue-up). The middle piece is 1 in thick, which matches the width of the tote-mortise, so the mortise was also shaped before glue-up. The finish is several coats of boiled linseed oil.

As a note, I found Perch and Lee's book on plane making a great supplement to Whelan's book with regard to the shaping and other details of the throat. This was especially true in that, since I used only hand tools I was able to avoid the adjustments to the throat that Whelan's use of power tools necessitated. Finally, I would highly recommend the sections on plane-making in Ken Robert's books to anyone attempting to make a "traditional" plane for the first time.










26Dec00
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