Building a custom new old plane

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Blog entry by benchbuilder posted 02-03-2015 02:03 PM 1645 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started the day looking for an older plane on ebay, my only option for now. I was looking for something besides the usuall type 9 and type 11’s. I didnt find anything, but i did find a guy with an ebay store selling old plane parts, “nhplaneparts”. So I thought i would just build a plane i like, i found the bottom and frog to match but when it came to the other parts it was near impossible to find the CORRECT PARTS to match and make a complete plane. I dont want an old plane that is a said type and having the wrong iron and other parts, there are a million of these on ebay.. So i though why not build a coustom plane, one i like, one that is both pleasing to look at and a dream to use.This may take a bit of work at reworking an old plane into something new, something usable and keep the old parts alive and kicking. I am ordering a #4 type 4, bottom casting and matching frog. This is for three reasons, one, i like the #4 size , two, this plane bottom has no numbers cast into the bottom casting, so its not saying i was that and now i am this. And three, i can get the correct frog to match that type, this is very important as it will be easy to regring the frog face to the 50 degree angle. Now on to the iron and chip breaker. No matches for that either, but to custom fit an iron is unlimited. I can use a custom replacement iron or even a very expencive iron and custom chip breaker to match the iron. I would really like to use an old iron and chip breaker and maybe rework it. I seen an iron that was tapered and very thick with a thick chip breaker to match. I like this idea but the set would require some mill work so the iron can be adjustable, it has to match the frog that has had its face regroung to a 50 degree angle. This means regrinding the iron bevel to 30 degrees. This thick iron and chip breaker size is off set by the area removed on the frogs face to make the 50 degree angle. So cutting into the mouth of the plane may not be needed.. Now on to the tote and knob, or is it. What if the knob was to completly fill the toe area with a nice bun or mushroom design. The tote could be a infill at the heel area, but not cover the entire area behind the frog and with a nice curved front on the infill piece to match the curve of the rear or bottom back side of the frog, while keeping the old tote angle for its matching screws. I believe in place of rosewood, pauduka, if spelled right, would be a good fit here. Of course the old plane body would require a complete cleaning and buffing to a mirror finish as would the sole. The inside of the plane bottom and frog would require sand blasting the entire plane and frog then resurfacing the seating of the frog and bottom casting. I also thought of bluing the casting and frog after polishing but thats still inqueation. So here it is a complete custom new old plane. Is it worth the expence and time to save the old parts and give them a new life? Any other ideas?

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