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With the completion of the purpleheart prototype, I decided to build a pair using a piece of burmese blackwood that I bought a couple of years ago. The blog to follow along with the build is here. The vital specs:

- 55 degree bed on one, 47 degrees on the other (this was not intentional, ugh)
- 1 1/2" wide O1 iron, 5/32" thick
- 6" long
- About 2 1/2 lbs. each

These were fun and quick to build after doing the prototype. They would have been quicker with less hassle had I not done peened through rivets. Oh well, live and learn. The last pictures show the whole family. As for the plan, I only need one, so the other will be offered up after the irons get heat treated. Thanks for looking!

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Those are very nice… a simple yet great design. It looks like they cut nice too.
 

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Thanks. The irons are not heat treated nor are they honed. The mouths are incredibly tight.
 

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Nice curlies nonetheless and great work on the planes Brian,

they sure look nice, good job!
 

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I'm excited to see how it cuts when they are hardened and honed. Should be nice, I hope.
 

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All class.
If they cut as well as they look …. they are just sweet.
 

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COOL planes…
 

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Rock and roll.
 

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High quality and home made to boot. Ya can't beat that.
 

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Thanks for all the comments. It only looks like I have been making them like a mad man. Some of the planes have been in various stages of completion for a little while, I just finally took the time to take pictures and post.
 

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Awesome, Brian!
Love the Blackwood
And the shavings!
 

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Terry, it's possible that I used alder knowing it would produce nice looking shavings for the pictures… :)
 

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My land your good at this.
 

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Brian, are you heat-treating the irons yourself?

Curious what your heat source is since I'm having trouble getting 1/8" thick O1 to critical temp with mapp gas. I also tried a propane weed burner, but that's too much.

Oh, wouldn't a proper forge be nice! :)
 

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Terry, I found a local brick supplier that carries fire brick. I picked up 8 bricks at a whopping $2.21 each (that's actually a very good price). With something to retain the heat like a few fire bricks, a regular propane blow torch will work just fine. When I get to that point, I will take several pictures.
 

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Thanks, Brian.
I have a dozen bricks, but think a few more would help contain that heat…will try again!
 

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Terry, what kind of arrangement are they in?
 

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Brian, they are arranged differently for each project;
had a few broken recently.
 
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