Making the dw infills

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Blog series by Don W updated 04-07-2013 12:56 AM 4 parts 13431 reads 74 comments total

Part 1: Part 1 Envisioning and a bit of a Rant.

03-29-2013 09:32 PM by Don W | 13 comments »

Making an infill has been on my bucket list for quite some time now. Making tools to me is more of a hobby than the actual woodworking. If you are looking to build an infill, you’re welcome to follow me along. I’ll try to keep the blog as up to date as time allows and would love feedback from others taking the same path. The metal work of the infill intimidated me a bit and I’m not really sure why. I can weld, I’ve done my share of body work, gunsmithing and tin work, ...

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Part 2: Let's dovetail

04-03-2013 12:33 AM by Don W | 21 comments »

As I stated in the first part, there are several ways to connect the sides of an infill to te sole. In this plane I’ll try my hand at dovetailing. There are numerous videos, instruction and blogs about cutting the dovetails. I suggest you watch them all. I am pretty sure I did. For the woodworking folks around here, the layout isn’t really any different than wood. Add some layout fluid, and use the same tools you use for a drawer. A straight edge, layout guide and dovetail m...

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Part 3: Part 3 the infill saga

04-03-2013 09:31 PM by Don W | 20 comments »

So making the infill wasn’t so bad. Its so much easier when make a base. When you make the base, its square and true, unlike the inside of the cast vintage planes, so making and addind the base is much easier. I choose walnut for this, and after some help from my friend over on the HPOYD thread, I decided to ebonize it. Most of this is just normal woodworking, at least for the first part. And marking and laying it out, I decided to make this one in 1 piece. I’m...

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Part 4: Lets do some tapping and peening.

04-07-2013 12:56 AM by Don W | 20 comments »

So another way to attach the sides is tapping and peening. I thought I’d give it a try on a small smoother. I decided on aluminum sides and hot rolled steel for the sole. The aluminum is 1/8” x 2” and hot the rolled steel is about 3/8” x 1 7/8”. I wanted to use a 1 5/8” block plane iron. Infill is cherry. Lever cap is brass. This time I cut the sole in 2 pieces. I found this technique a lot easier. The I drilled the sides. And tapered them with a r...

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