Low angel shoulder plane DIY (Div style plane) #2: Making a blade from another plane iron.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 05-24-2011 12:57 PM 21634 reads 13 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Low angel shoulder plane
Making a blade from another plane iron.

This is the second part of the blog, in last part the plane body was made.

This is where we will end, Div’s shoulder plane on top, then mine and finally what this part is about; the plane iron.

Since I have a handful of block plane irons I got for next to nothing, I will ‘kill’ one of these.
Measure the width of your shoulder plane and add a little for later tuning (I added 1mm).
Draw this on your plane iron (what ever iron you have).

Find the length of the wide part of the blade by measure the deepness of the mouth and the hole for shaves, as shown on the illustration.
Mark this length on the blade also.

I use a Dremmel tool for cutting the blade and hold my finger on the iron to feel when it is so hot it needs to be cooled down. Be especially careful on this part, since this will be the cutting part of the blade.
(You can probably guess now what the reason for the size on my plane was).

Tome to make the part of the blade that will be inside the body, so measure the width of the hole for the wedge.

Mark this out on the blade.

Can you see it?
And notice I use a none slip ruler after.

Now mark up these lines, I use a hard point to do this, so it will be easy to trace with the Dremmel.

And also the shoulders of the iron.

Cut, cut and cut and dip once in a while when too hot.
I used 11 of the thin cutting discs before I was done
(If you stop just before you cut through the metal you will use less discs, and then you can break the last part of this is a easy trick.

This is what it should end up like.

Now correct the sides.

Flatten the back of the iron.

And here we are!

And here where it fits right in.

That’s it for now, I will probably add side bevels to the blade later when I sharpen the blade at the final tuning.
I do like to shape on that water grinder it is pure pleasure.

A link to my blog on how to make a adjustable shoulder plane iron from a spade drill:

Next part will be opening the mouth, and making the wedge.

I hope this blog can inspire others to go for a low angel shoulder plane, or any plane at all, the satisfaction by making your own plane is priceless.

Thank you div for playing with me my brother.

Best thoughts,

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

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#1 posted 05-24-2011 02:54 PM

good advice on the cutting of the metal
that is a world i know little about

always just hacksaw
what i need
for rough stuff

i don’t even have a bench vise
(or any vise for that matter)

will have to see about that soon

-- 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 05-24-2011 04:10 PM

I never would have thought of doing this with an old blade. I also have a lot of extra block plane blades so I think I will give this a try. Thanks for posting and sharing

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#3 posted 05-24-2011 04:22 PM

Very smart.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#4 posted 05-24-2011 04:25 PM

I’d go with the metal saw instead of the soft dremel discs, the harder ones work far better and last waaay longer, but a good metal saw remains the easiest and cheapest ways to do that (and then you can finish up the edges with the dremel)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#5 posted 05-24-2011 04:28 PM

Looks like your making good progress Mads. Are you going to square the non-cutting end of the blade? (Thinking of using a hammer to adjust blade)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 05-24-2011 05:49 PM

Thanks for this blade making part of your blog Mads. I don’t have an extra block plane blade, but I do have a regular sized extra one. I thought I might try one of those diamond cutting disks for this job.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 05-24-2011 06:55 PM

11 cutting discs. I hope they are cheap in your area.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#8 posted 05-24-2011 07:00 PM

Another great tutorial Mads. Keeps enlarging my never ending to do list.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#9 posted 05-24-2011 07:21 PM

I’m in; cutting my blade tonight (hopefully).

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

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#10 posted 05-24-2011 08:50 PM

Hi Mads, I totally agree with you, the water grinder is pure pleasure, it makes the steel bling bling and sharp.

Thanks for sharing such a fun project Mads.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#11 posted 05-24-2011 11:32 PM

Hi there,
Yes the iron is a sweat deal, no problems there.
Cher, glad I have a frind in the water. I am a cancer by the stars, perhaps thats why I love that water grinder!
Bertha, go for it!
Fernando, ohhh I know that list too well.
Ian, yes it is the cheap crappy that have no reinforcement inside do not worry, I just have app 400 of these so I’m not buing the more expensive before they are gone.
Mike, yes any Iron will do. And yes a diamond sounds better than all the change of disc.
Wayne, yes I will cut the other end straight also but I want to know where it ends first, since I work by heart and not by drawing on this project (probaly a really bad idea).
Thomas yes but the saw blade need to be hard then.
RG, you give me wonderful names today… Smile.
Dan, money makes the Dremmel spin arround… the Dremmel spin arround… the Dremmel spin arround.
David, yes a benche vice is a wonderful extra hand for so many tasks.
Thank you all for your comments, I’m happy if it will end up beeing the shot that made some blades get recycled.
Best thoughts,

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

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#12 posted 05-25-2011 04:48 PM

I want your set up for working metal. It reminds me very much of what I used to use when I was an apprentice jeweler. It’s funny that you make gems too, just of a different kind.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#13 posted 06-21-2011 07:07 PM

Nice blog. That cutter works better than I thought. How long did it take to cut the metal?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 06-21-2011 08:02 PM

Topa, yes it is sweet. It took half a hour to cut the iron I think, but I bought some new better discs now so next time will be fast. (I’m retired so I have the time).
RG, I always dreamed to learn the skills of Jeweler.
Best thoughts,

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

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#15 posted 06-22-2011 03:14 PM

I am grateful for the time I spent doing that, it taught me how much I like to create things. Many of the skills are the same, (polishing and sharpening are the same damn thing with different goals) I’ve just switched materials at this point.

Best thoughts to you and yours.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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