infill smooth plane

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Project by russgl posted 01-06-2010 10:34 PM 6983 views 24 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Metal infill Smoother
-9” by 2”, brass, steel.ebony, MOP
-o-1 steel blade 5/16’ thick, set at 55 degrees
-oil and wax finish
-designed to plane difficult grained woods
-takes .001 to .002” shavings chatter free
-adjusting hammer: brass and walnut

It took me several months to build from scratch. Steel: 5/16” starrett O-1 for blade, milled , heat treated and tempered using a homemade propane forge, RC 62. 360 brass .41” thick for sole, 3/16” 1018 steel for sides(back of plane was bent with a wood vise and hardwood forms (tricky to keep straight).Milling was done with a knee type manual mill(wells-index). Moldings and round shapes were done with a rotary table and end mills. Metal was cut with a jigsaw and metal blade.
Sides were through riveted with 3/16” mild steel rod on 5/8” centers. this created very rigid sides that are perpendicular to the sole. Tolerances were held to one thousandth or less, including the length of the sole. This method limits the flexing and movement of the sides (which happens when dovetailing).
Threads were cut using 1/2-13 tap and die, by hand. Inlay was done with a dremel and small chisels.
The tight tolerances and thick plane blade make for effortless and chatter free planing. The blade is easy to change, adjust and sharpen. The O-1 steel holds an edge as well as the A2 blades on my LN and is easy to forge and heat treat.At 55 degrees and 1 5/8” wide (the blade) it is easy to push the plane through harder woods. Woods I have planed are : bubinga, birdseye maple, quilted cherry, purpleheart, mahogany with grain in 2 directions. It takes a thin shaving with no tearout, even against the grain.

thanks, Russ

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#1 posted 01-06-2010 10:41 PM

Wow! Absolutely stunning plane! Must be a joy to use as well as look at. Some more details on how you made it would be nice. Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#2 posted 01-06-2010 10:45 PM

beautiful plane, just gorgeous.
Thanks for sharing

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#3 posted 01-06-2010 11:07 PM

wow im speachless thats a thing of beauty

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#4 posted 01-06-2010 11:09 PM

Nice going, that’s quite some infill! Must have a nice heft to it to.
Please elaborate on how you fabricated it! Water jet, CNC mill, manual mill, or old fashion hacksaw and files? Bending the steel. Number of hours to build? I’d love to see some transparent rosewood shavings.

-- Chirs in Ottawa

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#5 posted 01-06-2010 11:10 PM

definitely a work of art!! Welcome to LJ.

-- 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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#6 posted 01-06-2010 11:21 PM

Wow, that’s just too nice to use. I’d like to have one just to admire.

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

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#7 posted 01-06-2010 11:48 PM

That has to rank as one of the best looking planes I have ever seen! I don’t think I could bring myself to actually use it, but then again…. isn’t that what it is meant for? Or is it? Maybe? Well…

-- "If you can't find it, build it. If you can't build it, then you must need some more tools."

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#8 posted 01-07-2010 12:31 AM

Definitely a work of art!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#9 posted 01-07-2010 12:35 AM

Thats not a tool. Its a piece of art. Wonderful!!!

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#10 posted 01-07-2010 12:48 AM

that´s a tool that everyone wuold
like to have in the shop

thank´s for sharing but a little more info wuold bee nice

welcome to L J


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#11 posted 01-07-2010 12:55 AM

Incredible plane, but you can’t leave us hanging. Tell us about it and yourself.


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#12 posted 01-07-2010 01:27 AM

Very nice. Lots of work went into that project! Excellent results.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 01-07-2010 02:08 AM

tool art.

-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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#14 posted 01-07-2010 02:25 AM

A true thing of beauty! Please some background on how you learned your skills. Welcome and please post more!

-- Firewoodmaker "If you can't fix it with duct tape, you have not used enough!"

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#15 posted 01-07-2010 02:31 AM

You are an inspiration Russ. I’m about to start a wooden jack plane in the Krenov style and I feel a bit intimidated because of the precision necessary. Your work here is terrific. Thanks for sharing.

-- Measure twice, cut once, buy extra stock.

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