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Prototype swap plane

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 03-15-2019 08:56 PM 312 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the prototype I made for the swooshy plane I sent in the 2019 spring swap. It’s similar in construction to that one, being stabilized elm sides, then African mahogany, and birch with an ipe sole. This one got a stabilized hickory wedge and I used a smaller sandwich of wood in the middle. After putting it together, it was pretty short in my hand, and I decided I needed to make the real plane longer.

I also tried out using a Lie-Nielsen beading tool to decorate the sides of the plane. I think it worked pretty well, and I decided that was enough decoration for both planes.

Unfortunately, the elm sides were exactly as long as they are in both of these planes, and I didn’t have any more stabilized elm on hand, so I cheated and made the tail of the plane more wedge shaped. That also worked to get me closer in shape to that of a 35 Auburn Speedster, which I think is a very good looking car. But this version, which reminds me more of a VW Beetle or perhaps a Citroën 2CV was what got me to that. And it makes pretty nice shavings anyhow.

Added pictures 2-6 which are after two coats of linseed oil and a coat of paste wax. It cleans up pretty good.

-- Dave - Minneapolis





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Oldtool

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#1 posted 03-15-2019 09:11 PM

Great build. Remember the old adage: Give a man a plane and he can plane all day, but teach a man to make a plane and he’ll create all the tools he’ll ever need.
Seriously, nice build, sweet plane with nice shavings.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 03-15-2019 09:17 PM

Do you have a source for plane parts? I have been thinking of making one or two as well.

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 03-15-2019 09:32 PM

Thanks!

For plane parts, I used the Veritas wooden plane hardware kit.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#4 posted 03-15-2019 11:55 PM

Now that is a plane contribution DP.

Nice shaving… unfortunately my razor does similar to my face the morning after a heavy night on the vino…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#5 posted 03-16-2019 01:12 PM

Pretty Cool, you do great work!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#6 posted 03-16-2019 01:17 PM

Thanks, Kelly. It’s not the prettiest plane in the world, and it’s a little small for my big paws, but it’s a user. And I learned a bunch from not getting it quite right, so I’m happy with it.

Also glad I planned enough time to make another one after I’d learned from my mistakes on this one.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#7 posted 03-16-2019 01:32 PM

Great prototype Dave. If it had wings it could fly. Any tool by hand gives us a feeling of success. nice job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 03-16-2019 03:49 PM

Thanks, Dave. I finally got around to finishing it this morning. Oil and wax and it’s prettier now.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#9 posted 03-16-2019 11:17 PM



.... Oil and wax and it’s prettier now….
- Dave Polaschek

Oil beef…, DP... where’s the happy snap(s)?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#10 posted 03-16-2019 11:29 PM

That’s pictures 2-6, Ducky.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#11 posted 03-16-2019 11:35 PM

Sorry DP, I was looking at my computer screen from the wrong angle and couldn’t see the plane sheen!

Or did you gotcha me…? and add those photos overnight.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Dave Polaschek

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#12 posted 03-16-2019 11:46 PM

I added those a few hours ago after putting on the wax this morning, Minneapolis time. Just after saying “it’s prettier now”. Gotcha!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#13 posted 03-17-2019 12:20 AM

Phew… thought I had one too many vino after my too many vinos last night.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#14 posted 03-17-2019 03:26 AM

Nice work!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#15 posted 03-17-2019 06:06 PM

Nice job Dave.

Thanks for posting.

On a completely other vein. I know a guy who grabs up thin shavings I make like this

He calls them home made tissue paper.

-- Think safe, be safe

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