Adventure of the Low Angle Shoulder Plane

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Blog series by Carl6108 updated 11-23-2019 06:22 PM 4 parts 2905 reads 7 comments total

Part 1: First Attempt

11-01-2018 04:34 AM by Carl6108 | 3 comments »

So I decided I just had to have a shoulder plane and yes, Lee Valley has a very nice Veritas model for sale that is not terribly pricey, but hey, where’s the fun in that, right? Instead I proceeded to research the topic of shoulder planes and see what others had done. Wasn’t too long before I had found one I liked and thought I could implement without too much trouble. The sides were going to be purpleheart, as I had a piece someone had given me some years ago; it was quite h...

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Part 2: Second Run

11-02-2018 03:39 AM by Carl6108 | 2 comments »

For the second run, I went with metal sides and sole pieces. Years ago I picked up from a pile of refuse a 4×4 sheet of metal that I was pretty sure was aluminum. I didn’t have an immediate need for it, but thought it might come in handy sometime. I still have most of it, having used only a square foot or less of it in the twenty years or so that I’ve had it. It had markings to indicate what it was, which I looked up; turns out it was 7075-T6 aluminum, used primarily in...

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Part 3: Finale

11-16-2018 04:21 AM by Carl6108 | 2 comments »

At this point I was thinking the only real way to solve this was to remove the wood infill from the blade side of the sole and replace it with an integrated sole and metal infill; call it a bastard frog, for want of a better term. My plan was to start with a piece of angle iron, since it had one good 90-degree angle (C-Channel might have been better, but I was using what I had on hand), and build up a chunk of steel from the available flat stock I had on hand at the approximate 12 deg...

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Part 4: Addendum

11-23-2019 06:22 PM by Carl6108 | 0 comments »

Just a quick update from a year or so later. No new pictures to share. I appreciate the comments. As one noted, doing stuff wrong is how we figure out how to ultimately do stuff right. If that’s true, I should be a friggin’ genius by now… Another posed the question regarding the potential of corrosion because of the contact between the aluminum and steel. Honestly, that never crossed my mind. But electrolysis, which happens when two dis-similar metals come in cont...

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