Skew rabbet block plane build

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Project by Sonofabeech posted 10-08-2016 07:51 PM 4471 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi guys, this is my second tool build, this time i want to share with you my long time dream of making a block plane, first my plan was to make a simple rabbet block plane, but the demons inside told me to skew the blade, that made the job harder x10, it was hard to machine and to design and more time to build, from star to finish it took like 20hours.
I started with a 10mm plate milled the sole of the plane and two 6mm plates for the sides, i drilled holes and fixed the components with 4mm dowel pins then plug welded the holes, shaped the sides and precision grind the sole and sides, made the fitings and cap iron, the blade was rough shaped and was hardend and sharpend last, the blade is 3mm tool steel.
It works nice, i want to add a nicker and make the mouth adjustable, i made the mouth too big.
It was worth the effort not perfect but getting there, yes i know i can buy a veritas skew block plane but making one is more cheap probably not as well made as a veritas but still a good alternative, good for end grain and tenon cheeks. Yes this is not woodworking i am a beginner at woodworking my first plan is to buy or make the tools i need.
Plane specs: the body is 160mm long 50mm wide, 40mm tall, medium carbon steel. The bed angle is 20° and the skew is also 20°, the blade is a 3mm thick w1 tool steel and sharpend to 25°.
The blade is wedged by the cap iron and bronze cheeks and locking screw.

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#1 posted 10-08-2016 10:02 PM

Super plane!!


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#2 posted 10-08-2016 10:04 PM

Thanks :)

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#3 posted 10-09-2016 12:47 AM

This looks to be a sweet plane. Superb craftsmanship. I bet it was fun making it, and as for “woodworking”, this fits the bill. It’s a great do-it-yourself woodworking tool, and besides it has a wooden knob.
Question: was this designed for left hand use? Reason I ask is the the skew is in the reverse direction from what I’ve seen on most other planes.
Enjoy it now, doing “woodworking”.

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#4 posted 10-09-2016 02:46 AM

Yup i made it left handed i prefer doing cross grain rabbets and tenon cheeks with it i just position the work piece differently, as for normal rabbets i clamp a wooden fence to the work and do the rabbet left handed its easy, in general a skew plane tends to follow the skew without a fence, veritas makes a lefty and a righty but u can get away with only using one.

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#5 posted 10-09-2016 09:03 AM

Pretty Awesome!!

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#7 posted 10-10-2016 04:45 AM

. No easy task taking this build on. Looks top notch.! I like it better without the pin

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#8 posted 10-10-2016 05:37 PM

great skew plane! so the iron sits on the 10mm bed? have you thought about make the bed thicker? so the iron has more surface to rest on?

thanks for sharing

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#9 posted 10-10-2016 07:21 PM

Thanks roger, at first i thought about making the sole thicker but thats too much mass, so i made a frog that suports the back side of the blade its only visible on the fourth picture, i forgot the frog, its just a block of aluminium machined and bolted to the sole.

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#10 posted 11-01-2016 08:49 AM

Great build and super-handy tool as a result! Congrats!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#11 posted 11-14-2016 02:40 AM

Nice plane. Nice to see people building their own tools and good ones. Thanks for sharing.

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