Box for a Combo Plane #1: day 1, start up

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 01-29-2021 05:31 AM 421 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, recently, I finished up rehabbing a Stanley No. 45 Combo Plane..

And thought it would be nice to build a box/case to store this in, when not in use…so, I went to Lowes, and bought 5 planks….1/2” x 6” x 24” clear Pine. All the way from New Zealand, no less.

Got them home, and clamped them together…

And let them sit in the shop for a day or two, to get used to the “weather” down in the shop….

Bench was a bit full of ….stuff…..needed to put a bunch away, and just clean things up..

Brought the plane down to the shop….needed to find out what size to make the sides and ends to….also needed to get a few tools ready to go…

Pencils needed sharpened, that square needed to be checked out, to make sure it was indeed ….square. Sorted through the 5 planks, found 2 that almost matched each other. The other 3 got clamped back up, for later. Marked one plank for length that needed cut. and got the Cordless Mitersaw set up…

Made 2 cuts…which left a short piece of toss..

Tablesaw? not this time around..

Never even plugged it in. The second plank provided both the 6” long ends, and a panel blank for the lid….once I get that far.. Had a “new” Marking gauge..

Resharpened that nail, and reset things to 1/2”.....which was the thickness of the planks…Marked a baseline all the way around each part…..2 sides and 2 ends…..set the 2 sides into the bench vise..

Used the Stanley #9-1/2 to shoot the ends a bit…one side was just a hair longer than the other….A 6mm mortise chisel was used to lay out the fingers…

Then a square to carry the lines around..

Including down to the baselines…

Then set up the saw….

Geo. H. Bishop No. 10…..moved the saw plate up, until there was just 1/2” below the bar. Bar is now a depth stop. Decided to just do one end at a time…and a test drive..

To confirm the depth stop….then a shop stool was put in place..

The side was lowered in the vise. About 8 full strokes per cut…

Doesn’t take all that long to saw all the fingers. Waste is marked by an “X”....set up to do the waste chopping…

About this time…clothes dryer was done, my lower back was too….decided to load up the hamper, turn off the shop lights, and stop for the day….had been at it for about….one hour.

Maybe tomorrow, I can get a little bit done?
Stay tuned….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 01-29-2021 12:17 PM

Still, a nice start. Looking forward to seeing it come together.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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