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Forum topic by Mark posted 08-08-2013 09:42 PM 1108 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-08-2013 09:42 PM

I built a diy smoother plane using the Popular Mechanics plans and an Iron I picked up at the swap meet. All in all it was an interesting and fun project. The thought of making my own plane is very appealing. I realize the iron is just a tad long, but I don’t think the wood will know. I hand cut the groove for the cap iron screw, but after I cut down the plane to finished size I’m wondering if I needed it at all. I used Maple for the body and base and Cherry for the sides. I followed the assembly instruction and and ed up with a 3/8” opening in the mouth. I don’t seem to be able to get very fine shaving with that large a mouth and it plugs up quite a bit with the big shavings. Before I head back to try it again any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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#1 posted 08-08-2013 09:58 PM

Got pics?

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#2 posted 08-08-2013 11:44 PM

JJ I posted the whole shebang in projects. I’m thinkin’ if I laminate another 1/4” sole to the with a smaller slot that might cure the problem….Right?

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#3 posted 08-08-2013 11:47 PM

Mark, come over here and join in the fun,

Some of your questions have been answered there.

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#4 posted 08-08-2013 11:51 PM

Sounds like you’ve got two problems. If it’s plugging up with an open mouth, you need to work on how the chips get ejected. First, make sure the opening is big enough for a full shaving. Second, make sure the wedge isn’t trapping the shavings.

The open mouth may or may not be a problem. Personally I think the size of the mouth is secondary to having the proper angle on the blade and how far the blade extends below the sole.

So, fix the chip-ejection and setup problems first, and then see if you need to re-laminate the sole to close up the mouth.

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