Plough Plane Blade Box

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Project by rwyoung posted 01-31-2010 05:24 AM 4716 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently acquired a new-old-stock Record #044C plough plane. These came with 10 blades. The little plastic pouch just isn’t going to cut it! So I decided to make a little blade box and use it as an opportunity for some more dovetail cutting practice.

Use some scrap pine, this stuff was a lot more crumbly than some other stuff I’ve had in my stash. But still worked. The key with pine is SHARP tools. Other than using the table saw to rough cut pieces, everything else was handsaws, planes and chisels. Well, I take that back, I wimped out and cut the dados in the center block on the table saw. It was easy and safe with a cross-cut sled and fence system. Just make multiple passes over the blade to nibble out the dado.

The block is not glued in, just a very slight taper causes it to friction fit at the bottom. Really, the taper forms almost as a natural side-effect of the hand planing. The trick is controlling the taper and keeping it going the right way on both sides. :)

Oh, and NO SANDPAPER to finish. All hand planes for the surface. I’m not going to bother with a finish. The pine will take a patina quickly enough.

Anyway, good fun and good practice. If the pine self destructs, no big deal. I’ll remake it from cherry or another hardwood. Heck, I may just remake it because I can!

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#2 posted 01-31-2010 06:13 AM

Nice box. How do you like your 44?

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#3 posted 01-31-2010 07:27 AM

This is about organization, nicely done!

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#4 posted 01-31-2010 02:07 PM


You are spending way too much time in the shop!. First the TOTE and now the BOX.

Question: Now that you have all these new accessories, what’ the next furniture project?

Keep in mind, that after viewing the excellent job you did on your Milk Painted Shaker Inspired Hutch, we have set very high performance expectations for your next project.

Chop Chop


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#5 posted 01-31-2010 05:32 PM

@WayneC – I like the 044C a lot. The handle is a little small for my hand but since it is easily removed from the plane, I suppose a new one is in the offing. :)

@Bruce – Yeah, well thinking on that. I do have a set of three large bookshelves in progress. Haven’t bothered to post much on them since they are pretty standard bookshelves. Simple applied moldings. Cherry ply for the carcasses and solid cherry for face frames, molding etc.

After that, high on the list is a new dresser. That is why I was looking for the plough plane, to cut drawer bottom grooves. Sure, you can use an electric router (which I’ve done) but this seemed like more fun. But a new workbench may beat out the dresser for next project. Just haven’t decided. Meanwhile it’s too cold to be out in the shop for long so lots of little practice projects.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#6 posted 02-03-2010 12:17 PM

great idea


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