Low angel shoulder plane DIY (Div style plane) #4: Drawings Analys and Documentation...

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Blog entry by mafe posted 05-26-2011 07:05 PM 27279 reads 17 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Low angel shoulder plane
Drawings Analysis and Documentation…

I promised to post a set of drawings for this project, normally I will not do this, but due to the fact I was spending the time drawing it to figure it out I decided to make a few drawings to help others build.
(And no one just do that, it took 6-8 hours of work, and 8 hours of building and thinking, so just thinking of the fact that I should receive 75 dollar from a woodworking magazine and be happy makes me laugh it would be 4,5 dollar a hour…).

So here it is all for free, right from my heart to anyone who wants to build it:


Front loaded version:

Here the drawing of the one I build.
You can press here for the PDF file with the drawing ready to print in the scale you want.
My own is made with a simple circular design (the MaFe way), but in the drawing I gave it a classic look since I think this will be what most like.

I made it with no measures, but the 1:1 on the drawing is a fine size for a medium shoulder plane, but if you want a micro like Div and I have build, you need to downscale it to a body length of app. 4 1/2 inches.


Back loaded version:

Press here for the drawings for the version that can make it possible to make an extremely narrow mouth since the plane is loaded from the back.
I draw this when I thought my first version was not possible at all.


The mad professor:

Finally press here for the drawings where I tried to figure out what was the problem and what could be done – the analysis.
This was for me the way to try and figure it all out, and I love to be there…


Since the plane is running now I will probably not blog more on this subject, but we never know, I do have two plane bodies waiting for me.

Thank you to all who followed my ups and downs on this blog..

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, and since I even provided the drawings now, it should be a walk in the park, where the swans swim on the water while the sun goes down.

Thank you div for inspirer me my dear brother in Africa.

Best thoughts,

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

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#1 posted 05-26-2011 07:17 PM

What wonderful drawings Mads. Thanks for taking the extra time and effort for the community in general. It is greatly appreciated.

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

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#2 posted 05-26-2011 07:51 PM

Thanks Mads!

This will be very handy.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 05-26-2011 09:35 PM

Thanks mads, your blogs are what i use to get me fired up when i’m not to motivated to work

-- Gritty Roots i can build anything as long as i have 2 things the internet and my father-in-law

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#4 posted 05-26-2011 09:42 PM

Thank you for doing this, Mads. I know that it takes a tremendous amount of time to put this together and it is very appreciated. Do you want me to call Popular Woodworking? They might even give you $80 as a repeat contributor ;)

I’m following you! I’m just walking backwards most of the time.

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

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#5 posted 05-26-2011 11:07 PM

Very generous of you Mads and excellent drawings.

Perhaps you should blog about how you make these wonderful drawings, someday. I am as enthralled by the drawing as I am by the actual tool. They are a joy to look at and follow, like woodworking in cartoons.
You have a very nice style of documenting!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#6 posted 05-27-2011 04:05 AM

Mads, I’m hanging close to these plans! Yours right next to mine!

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

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#7 posted 05-27-2011 05:30 AM

Not everyone will agree, but I find that drawing up the plans for a project is just about as much enjoyment as making the project.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#8 posted 05-27-2011 08:31 AM

Beautiful plane and nice drawing. Congrats and thanks for sharing.

-- Jiri

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#9 posted 05-27-2011 12:11 PM

Thank you for sharing all of this work with us Mads. It is astounding that we can get so much information, drawings and thoughts at no cost and just by clicking a few buttons. Generosity is not always the first word that comes to mind in dealings with our fellow man, but it certainly is where you are concerned, and the same goes for so many of our fellow Lumberjocks.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 05-27-2011 12:31 PM

Hi LJ’s,
I am almost ashamed, it was not the thought that I wanted thanks, I was just remembering my little story with a big woodworking magazine – laugh. So it was acually just to bring smiles.
Mike, as I said before I love to share, and I am a big beliver in that those who share learn more, and will become better and better. Those who don’t will not recieve eighter and stay ignorant. Most master crafts men are never afraid to share, they even enjoy and never feel a thread in this, it takes practice and skills to become ever a master of anything.
Jiri, thank you!
Hall Tree, I agree it is a big part of the fun, and usually if you have drawn a project you know every cut by heart when you reach the saw.
Bertha, wonderful, it looks as if you make the back loaded version. This is not needed if you run bevel down, but it will be really cool and you will get a good strong wedge so not a bad idea still. And I pass on calling any magazine at this moment, perhaps if one of them offeres me a freelance job one day…
August, I have not made plans for the router plane, it was froma sketch and my heart.
daltxguy, the drawings is made in a program called Illustrator, and I used it for more than 20 years, so…
grittyroots, mafe the kickstarter…
Ian, I smile again.
Wayne, now I smile even more! ANd I love to make those drawing, but due to my neck I cant sit too long by the computer so it happens really rare these days.

And then I will like to thank back all you LJ’s that share with me, few years back I knew next to nothing, but due to the fact others shared here, and that I could see what was possible, I learned that it is all a matter of will and a little practice – ohhh yes and a sharp iron!
Thank you,

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

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