Monthly Archives: November 2009

Humpty Dumpty: That’s a wrap

Some photos of the finished plane. The plane is shown smoothing the piece of Bubinga that I used for the prop and a bit of oak flooring.

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Plan a little Plane

For whatever reason (probably just to see if I could), I made a computer drawing of the plane. Boy, the complex curves were really difficult. Probably not, as they are just distorted circles and ellipses joined in funny ways. I … Continue reading

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Ergo horribilis

Raney commented about my “squid” “concept”: Maybe a wedged miter, with a grip for your back hand integrated into the wedge? Heck, maybe an enormous bulb and you could rechristen it ‘the octopus’…… [improved mitre planes are] totally uncomfortable to … Continue reading

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With lips pursed

With the plane set to take a not-very-thin shaving, the mouth is 0.006” (six thousandths of an inch, a sheet and a half of paper). Paradoxically, the deeper the cut, the smaller the mouth gets (since the bevel gets thicker … Continue reading

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The great plane off

Jeez, I hate waiting for finish to dry. So I didn’t and started to use the plane. Made some much needed ergo improvements. Verdict: it sure works well. In this photo, I’m planeing a chunk of oak flooring against the … Continue reading

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It’s getting there

Got all the pieces but it is in the “hurry up and wait” stage as I apply the finish and let it cure (lots of coats of oil/varnish). Then, finish lapping the sides and sole, open the mouth and do … Continue reading

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The hot box

Ahh, winter. The time of the year when pumpkin pies and good cheer abound, I freeze my tushie riding my bike, epoxy doesn’t cure and finish doesn’t dry. My shop spends the winter in the fifties (ºF, well insolated but … Continue reading

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