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This is the very first plane I made and it is a hefty one at that. Constructed from mild steel (sides), tool steel (base), aluminium lever cap, a Stanley blade and the timber handles and body being Jarrah. Dimensions 300mm x 60mm. Being the first one to be constructed, did present a few problems, as in the warping of the steel when being welded and the blade adjustment mechanism had to be re-jigged to provide better usage. All up, a bit too big for every day usage but does the job nevertheless….

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Wow, Looks like not the first one. I like to see the bottom plate and how it was joined. "Tool steel bottom"-that is real strong. Thanks for posting.
 

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that is one pretty plane. She's a Beaut.
 

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Thats pretty cool to make this yourself, nice.
 

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Nice. Very cool. How did you make that Norris style adjuster? I would be curious to see some pics of that mechanism with the blade and lever cap removed. Thanks for posting.
 

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Looks great! How does it plane?
 

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Great machining job. It takes a lot of tools to work in both wood and steel.
 

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Good job! Really cool project.

I guess that's why they made castings, no welding/heat expansion to deal with?
And more durable than wood planes.
 

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machining and particularly welding introduces stresses into steel that can cause it to warp or move over time. stress releaving (annealling in a furnace) and finish grinding, ... or joining with mechanical fasteners are two options to deal with the warping. castings are less prone to warp, but heavy material removal cuts from raw castings can cause them to warp as well, ... thats why you have to reflatten the basses of many older planes.

great looking plane, love the design and the finished project !!!
 

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GREAT job. Real good looking plane. Does it work as well as it looks?

Chris
 

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This would be great to see from the beginning to end. How about a tutorial on making these? Rand
 
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