Progress of a self taught cabinet maker #7: Dulling Planes and Scraper Shaves

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Blog entry by RGtools posted 05-12-2011 05:12 AM 2123 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been awhile since I have made any sort of update here so I wanted to say a bit of what I was up to. But first and ode to one of the unsung heroes in my shop. !!

This lovely little plane just does not get enough credit. The mouth is wide, it has no chip breaker, the sole is almost flat, the sides are dented beyond all repair and yet without this little guy I could not work the way I do.

As you can see I have never used this as a true scrub, since the blade is flat. But this little Ben Hur does exactly the rough work I need it to do.

You see, I work with a lot of old wood, stuff that has been kicked around someones barn for years sucking up dust and dirt. This brute lays waste to the dirt that would ruin my finer, sharper edges, and flatter soles. Thank you Ben Hur the “Dulling plane” for keeping my other tools sharp. Sweetheart (recently restored and working great) thanks you too.

I have truly enjoyed Mafe’s recent blog on scraper shaves and do not hope to come close to that in detail. But I thought I would show the different approach I take. As you can see I have been hard at work.

The Iron came from a saw that my wife bought me at the salvation army for two dollars. Hacksaw and file got me close, but I wanted a polished, flat face. I made a jig with a few minutes and a router plane to hold the iron so I could grind the face flat and smooth on various grits of sandpaper.

The jig.

The result.

As you can see I have already come close to having a functional but not pretty tool.

But how sad my scraper can’t talk, much less sing. I must give it a mouth. Here I layout the mouth a bit, the outer dots are where the edge of the blade rests when to the far left and right, the inner dots are where the mouth will go to get assure I always have a good hold on the blade.

A few minutes with a chisel and my favorite stop board.

Voila a mouth! The scraper took it first shaving today but got clogged in the mouth, I’ll increase the angle and smooth it a bit and I am sure this will be singing soon. I’ll round over the edges just enough to use, as I use it over the next few months I will slowly make changes to the shape to fit the way I use the tool. This is what I do with my planes and I have always been rewarded with tools that fit the way I work as opposed to trying to make my work fit the tools. That’s of course another blog.

Thanks for visiting.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#1 posted 05-12-2011 09:14 AM

Great post Ryan, using the scraper will tell you what improvements are more convenient, keep it up !

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#2 posted 05-12-2011 02:53 PM

Thanks Julio.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#3 posted 05-13-2011 12:05 AM

That little BenHur is just wonderful, you got to love that one.
And I can see a scraper shave is going to sing really soon!
That looks really good, so I look forward to se the shawings fly.
Clever to make a jig.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 05-13-2011 04:53 AM

Thanks Mads. I have made some shavings at this point but there are still a few minor details to attend to. I will try and take pictures as I go along.

Happy Shavings,


-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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