14 degree wooden dovetail plane

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Project by ChrisinOttawa posted 11-25-2009 05:18 AM 10276 views 29 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of a couple wooden DT planes from last winter that allows you to adjust sliding dovetails made with a standard 14 degree DT router bit. Always amazed how sliding DT joints can go from a no-go interference fit to a hopelessly sloppy fit by simply nudging the router fence a ‘tad’. I don’t know of any planes that match the standard dovetail router bits (9 and 14 degrees seem common). The blade is skewed so I used 3-D CAD to figure out the grind angles. I used a Japanese scoring blade as a nicker. The main blade is a replacement blade for a LV Chinese plane.
Works great, allowing you to creep up on a snug fit.
If I understand correctly, I need to post 2 more projects for a total of 5, before I can leave comments.

-- Chirs in Ottawa

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#1 posted 11-25-2009 05:25 AM

Very nice. I am not sure of the rule your talking about. Think it may be 5 before you show up in the random project box on the front page.

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#2 posted 11-25-2009 05:27 AM

That is very cool!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 11-25-2009 05:44 AM

very nice as much a feet of engineering as craftmanship ,mabey one day

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#4 posted 11-25-2009 05:53 AM

Absolutely cool. Great work!

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#5 posted 11-25-2009 06:24 AM

Grat idea!! bet it works good.

-- 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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#7 posted 11-25-2009 12:44 PM

Another great plane Chris. I’m sure that really is an asset to the shop. As far as leaving comments, you can do that at anytime.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#8 posted 11-25-2009 02:32 PM

Chris, this is a nice plane that would be a welcome addition to any collection. I really enjoy seeing hand made planes.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 11-25-2009 04:12 PM

Thanks for sharing Chris. I enjoy seeing projects where people make their own tools. I am far from being there but can’t help but look in awe at such craftsmanship.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#10 posted 11-25-2009 04:45 PM

Great Idea!

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#11 posted 11-25-2009 06:16 PM

Great! I wish I could build one, but it looks like it’s over my head.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#12 posted 11-25-2009 08:29 PM

great idea – ver usefull

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#13 posted 02-11-2011 03:28 AM

I really like this, nice work

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#14 posted 02-11-2011 03:57 AM

Wow. That is some nice work.

Question to LJs about sliding dovetails: Based on Chris’s post, router bits are about 9 – 14 degrees. I have also read standard joinery dovetails are at 6:1 (7.1 degrees approx) for tight grained woods, and 8:1 (approx 9.5 degrees) for soft and open grained woods. Are there any standards for long grained hand cut sliding dovetails?

Other comment: You guys are killing me!! I have seen at least three excellent threads tonight about hand made planes. I have made one, and really want to make more, but am in the process of reducing sawmill slabs into flat square boards and can’t get the time. Its a pleasure to see, but a torture at the same time!!

Please continue.


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#15 posted 05-04-2011 01:18 AM

great lookin plane

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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