Building an infill smoother #1: Inspiration and cutting out the sides

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Blog entry by Wally331 posted 06-07-2013 12:24 AM 3595 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my first blog post, so don’t be to alarmed if it is the biggest piece of garbage you have ever read. I’ll try my best though ;)

For the past few months, I have been in a tool craze. Whether it is planes, saws, braces, chisels, or even miter boxes, I just can’t get enough. So when Don W started his blog about making an infill, I saw how easy it could be, and figured why not try it myself. I get a beautiful and functional tool to add to my collection, and some more toolmaking experience.

Step 1.): Search the internet for hours like a maniac for all info on building infill planes. Also read Don W’s blog like a cult follower. Haha I kid, but still, I wanted to get as much info on making this tool as I could. I don’t want to screw this one up (at least not too bad).

Step 2.) Once I had a decent amount of info on it, I sat for awhile and brainstormed some ideas. I wanted to go with a pretty original design, but also make it somewhat modern. I found a design by Peter McBride that I though was perfect. Time to draw up a rough plan.

I out out my trusty no. 4 for size comparison, and just sketched out the design I wanted. Drew the tote to look as comfortable as possible, and figured out the bed angle, and where pivot points should be.

Once I got my plan drawn out, I made a paper template of the sides. Next I found the size of steel I needed, and bought about half of it from the BORG. The rest I had to order from McMaster- Carr. I’m still waiting on that :/

Step 3.): Cutting out the sides
Unfortunately, I don’t have a metal-cutting bandsaw, so a hacksaw it is. I spent probably 4-5 hours cutting out the two sides, and filing smooth. Painstaking process, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Envisioning the plane, looks good so far. Tomorrow I’m going to start on the infill while I wait for my steel.

That’s where this blog ends, next part: Cutting the bottom to size, drilling and tapping, and the start of the infill. Thanks for reading!

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#1 posted 06-07-2013 09:37 PM

This will be fun to watch. Looks good so far.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Don W

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#2 posted 06-07-2013 10:08 PM

Excellent. I did the same thing before I built my first one. I spent hours and hours researching. Are you making the base in 2 pieces?

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 06-07-2013 10:56 PM

Thanks Stefang and Don. As to your question Don, yes, I’m planning on making the bottom from two pieces, I figure I can tune the mouth much easier and the construction will be much easier. Going to drill, tap and peen this one, seems like the easiest way to do it.

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Peter McBride

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#4 posted 06-10-2013 02:09 PM

Good luck with your plane!


-- Peter, in Melbourne, Australia,

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#5 posted 06-18-2013 10:07 PM

Wow, its Peter McBride himself! Pleased to meet you over the internet ;) Thanks for the kind words, the plane is going very well.

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