My first homemade rebate plane, Thanks Div

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Blog entry by lilredweldingrod posted 05-02-2011 06:15 PM 12050 reads 8 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, with all the wood planes being made and refurbished, I decided to try my hand on a little rebate plane. I chose the rebate plane to do first because I am learning Mortise and Tenon joinery and some of my tenons needed tuning. My first step was to make the blade. I picked a 1 inch spade bit after checking the prices on some A2 steel. It took a lot of grinding to flatten out the shaft and grind off the shaped drill section.

I had some cocobolo that I planned to use but it was just too narrow, 5/8”. So I glued up a couple of pieces of mahogany I had on hand and set up the bandsaw and cut it length wise for three slices.

I laid out the angles and cut the center section after drilling four alignment holes for the brass pins.

I then glued everything back together.

Then I shaped and sanded everything and gave it two coats of finishing wax.

And here is the bottom view of the business “end” of the plane.

It did not take as long to made as I had anticipated, and actually wish it had taken longer as I had a lot of jun with this little plane. I still need to get the blade sharper and I am interested in finding out how long the blade will hold an edge in use.
For the wedge, I used a piece of tiger wood that was on hand.
And a special thanks to Div for the inspiration and help in getting into this little project.
I would like to hear your commits and critiques. Thanks for looking, Rand

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#1 posted 05-02-2011 06:42 PM


it proves there is hope for us all yet

i am impressed brother
you have some serious talent
and inner drive

wonderful post

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 05-02-2011 06:43 PM

Rand that is really great

The blade is a wonder on its own


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 05-02-2011 07:16 PM


Great Job!

COOL plane!!

Did you have very much trouble cutting off that spade bit?

Heck, one could make other sized planes from other bits! Good idea!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#4 posted 05-02-2011 07:21 PM

nice looken plane hope it will help you

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#5 posted 05-02-2011 07:30 PM

Awesome! I love it. The brass pins are a nice touch. Who doesn’t have an old boring bit lying around? :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 05-02-2011 07:31 PM

Looks great, can’t wait to see how well it works. Great idea using an old spade be for a blade!

-- David

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#7 posted 05-02-2011 08:25 PM

Al and David, now just hold on there, I am not cheap. I bought a brand new bit for this. lol Knowing what I know now, I would shop around for a bit that is not stamped so deeply though. When it gets used up back to the number, it will leave a high spot in the track. Hopefully that won’t happen in my lifetime. lol Not all are stamped on both sides.
Joe I just cut it off with my metal chop saw.
Jaimie, thanks for the compliment. That was a lot of grinding though. But it seems to be pretty good steel.
As for the brass pins, you need them to glue everything back and keep the alignment.

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#8 posted 05-02-2011 08:28 PM

Nice job, Rand.


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#9 posted 05-02-2011 08:52 PM

BRAAVISIMO WITH STANDING APPLAUSE !!! RAND I knew you had it in you :—))
but a big but ….. where is the oplique shavings ….you know we love to see how they works …LOL
thankĀ“s for the nice picturebook toturial as well I speciel liked your fetherboard and the contrasting
diamontjewlry called brass :-)

I look forward to the next plane from your hands

take care

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#10 posted 05-02-2011 08:59 PM

Lee, thanks for the compliment.
Dennis, be careful with the praise, my head swells very easily. lol No shavings as yet. I am still honing the blade to reach the scary sharp point. Right now it just chatters. Bear with me. And remember I am always prompt, no matter how long it takes. lol

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#11 posted 05-02-2011 09:42 PM

chatter to the right …chatter to the left …. chake the body … and at the end twist around
and it start all over again …....chatter to right …. ch…..


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#12 posted 05-02-2011 09:51 PM

Very ingenius thanks for sharing

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#13 posted 05-02-2011 10:52 PM

Great looking plane Rand.
That is something I’ve wanted to do for a while—-maybe someday


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#14 posted 05-02-2011 10:55 PM

Relly nice plane you have made.
Yes Div told us he used these spades for blades, and I have also been putting some aside for future plane building.
For the shatter you need a really flat back when you make the bed high angel and the blade bevel down, usually these soulder planes are with a low bed and bewel up today.
What abou the wedge, is it long enough to provide a good preassure on the plade? It seems like you have a quite long piece of blade with no support, this can cause the shatter also… What do I know, I’m a architect…
You have made a beautiful plane, so the rest is just adjustments.
Best thoughts,

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

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#15 posted 05-02-2011 10:57 PM


Is looking real good! You did an excellent job on that blade Rand. Lot of grinding hey! I find the spade bits I’ve used holds a pretty decent edge. It might vary, depending on the origin and the vintage of the steel. :^)

I bet you can’t make only the one plane! It’s addictive and soon you will make another :^). Sometimes it takes more energy to think about things than it actually takes to make them. So, if it went too quickly, make another!

If the blade keeps chattering, fiddle with your wedge. Lower the angle of the wedge so the point of contact between upper side of wedge and plane body is near the mouth of the plane. Oh, and if you can chamfer the edges of the clearance hole, the shavings will eject easier.

Congrats boet, I’m proud of you! So glad I could help out a little. I’m off on that job tomorrow so I’ll be missing all the action for a while….:^( Thanks for posting before I leave!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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