Finger plane blades, woodturning workshop tv show - Review

Categories: Woodworking Projects For Beginners | Author: admin 03.08.2012

This handy finger plane, perfect for small projects, can be made from a few scrap items around your shop. A good quality finger plane, like a pencil behind my ear, is almost indispensable to me when I am woodworking. The plane consists of eight total pieces, only a few of which are store bought, but is much higher quality than most manufactured finger planes.
However, if you start with a high quality iron, some nice hardwood from your scrap bin and a bit of careful hand work, you can build a finger plane stylish enough to display on the mantelpiece and tough enough to plow its way through the most demanding job in your shop. An old socket chisel, that you might already be getting rid of, can provide a perfect blade for your finger plane. To convert the blade of the socket chisel into a plane iron (piece 1), use a felt-tipped marker to paint the back side, then lay out the cutoff line and clamp screw hole location, using a square and scratch awl.
Measure out your frog and nose thickness from the plane iron and use your bandsaw to cut the wood body down.

Dry fit the plane first, making any adjustments you need to on the nose and frog, then start a relatively fast glue-up. Start by fitting the blade stay into the pre-drilled holes and carefully position the frog between the sides. If ther're trying to get by with only one plane, I somehow doubt that they have the toolchest(and possibly lack the know-how, as well) to make planes as required. My plane is constructed from just such a block of hard maple, but almost any close-grained hardwood will do the job. Slide the iron between the blade stay and the frog, and adjust the position of the frog so the iron can move freely. Now you can shape the completed plane body to your individual taste with rasps, files and sandpaper. If possible, use quartersawn wood and position it so the annular rings are parallel to the sole of the plane.

Avoid split-out by clamping the frog between two scrap pieces while tapping the striker plate into place. Lay two thicknesses of paper on a flat surface, position the plane with the frog end on the paper, slide the blade down into position and tighten the clamp screw. I even went to the trouble of making some toothed blades for them (I was young and life seemed mighty long). Making some planes is a really good idea, IMHO, because it will help develop tool skills, and is pretty low cost. You can make a decent plane with a Japanese pull saw, a hand drill, a file, chisel, and clamps.

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