Making an infill plane #2: Sole of the plane

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Blog entry by Longcase posted 10-19-2015 03:43 AM 1726 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Now all the sides are finished ,it is time to make the soles . These are made from 1/4”cold rolled steel ,first the plates are machined to the required width and then surface ground to be perfectly flat. The dovetails are now machined on the milling machine,back to back, two at a time.

I machine a rebate on the sole to provide a positive stop for the sides

Next the mouth is machined on the mill ,in this case to 18 degrees.

The dovetails have the appearance of being dovetailed on both side plates and the sole, this is achieved by filing the sole plate, I use a 3 sided triangular file that has been ground flat on one edge, (so as not to mark the bottom of the sole dovetail)

Here is a pic of all the finished components, next time piening the dovetails.

Thanks for looking


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#1 posted 10-19-2015 10:39 AM

Awesome. Thanks for the info. What mill are you using?

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