Infill Plane

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Project by ATHiker posted 02-03-2012 10:08 PM 6384 views 34 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an A13 Norris style infill plane. The plans came from this great page. The sole is 1018 steel, the sides are 360 brass, the blade is O1 tool steel and the infill wood is cocobolo. The lever cap is made from aluminum bronze. If I were to do it again I would use something easier to work for the lever cap. I heat treated the blade myself with a small two brick forge and a MAPP gas torch.

The plane is bedded at 50 degrees and has a mouth of about 0.020. It cuts through just about everything with little trouble and leaves a glassy surface.

The entire project took close to a year to complete with many other projects in between. I enjoyed the metal work. It is hard to mess something up when it takes so many swipes of a file to remove a few thousandths of an inch. In woodworking you can mess up a project with one misplaced blow. Perhaps an infill shoulder plan next.

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#1 posted 02-03-2012 10:17 PM

Beautiful plane!!! Nice job!!..............Jim

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#2 posted 02-03-2012 10:20 PM

Absolutely beautiful. You should be proud to make such a fine piece. Congraduations on a job very well done.

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#3 posted 02-03-2012 10:22 PM

I can’t imagine making a plane like this, a real work of art.


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#4 posted 02-03-2012 10:52 PM

Love it!

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#5 posted 02-03-2012 11:17 PM

Very nicely done. Gorgeous materials handled well. Lovely plane.


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#6 posted 02-03-2012 11:35 PM

Agreed.. that is art!

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#7 posted 02-03-2012 11:58 PM

Gorgeous, good job. I would deffinitly make a shoulder plane next.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#8 posted 02-04-2012 12:01 AM

It’s a stunner, congratulations! Most excellent.

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#9 posted 02-04-2012 01:49 AM


-- Brazjuca guarapari Brasil. All worth it when the soul is not small. (Fernando Pessoa)

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#10 posted 02-04-2012 07:30 AM

Speechless. It looks like a Holtey, and that’s a compliment!

-- "Down in the arena are the doers. They make many mistakes because they attempt many things. The man who makes no mistakes lacks boldness and a spirit of adventure." -- Gen. David M. Shoup

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#11 posted 02-04-2012 07:53 AM

Hands down, the coolest handmade tool I have EVER seen. Very well done!!

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#13 posted 02-04-2012 04:00 PM

Your skill is without peer! Thank you for sharing.

-- honing my craft one mistake at a time.

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#14 posted 02-05-2012 08:23 AM

OHHHH, Pretty! I really like this plane!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#15 posted 02-06-2012 04:42 PM

Beautiful work! The shoulder plane or even a panel plane should be next on your list—I can’t wait to see them!


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