Sunday, July 16, 2006

What A Pair


First things first. I am a muppet when it comes to computers (and other stuff...) Apologies to all who posted comments-I accidentally clicked a box I shouldn't have in the control panel and it took an expert to put me straight. Thanks Alf ;)
So, I have completed the matching round! A pair of moulding planes! Also had to make a planemakers float today to make things a little easier. That was fun ;) Now for some answers....
Tool steel? 01 from Tilgear, about £10 for 2 inch x 18 inch, 1/8th thick. Enough for at least 6 irons and some floats.
Side beads? One step at a time, but nothing is ruled out. Pack some just in-case ;)
The Rutlands jointer has moved around some more-checked it today and the sole has straightened out some. I'll give it a week and check again. The mouth is still damn big though!
A project in mind for the moulding planes Mike? Not as such, but I'm sure most projects will find them a benefit.
So I need a to knock out a few more of these. I found the angled mortise the most difficult to make-it gets pretty tight as you reach the bottom. Oh, and did I mention the only power tools used were the drill press and table saw? I'm slowly building up some muscle ;)
Got a busy week ahead at work but the advantage of working with hand tools is the lower noise levels mean I can get lots of work done in the evening.
have a good week,
Philly

11 comments:

Alf said...

If I'm an expert you must really be a muppet... ;~)

They look really good, Philly, most impressive. Watch out Clark & Williams, eh? But you made a float?! Didn't you know L-N stock them? :~P

Anonymous said...

Phil,
Thos planes look really very nice. Congratulations! It will be interesting to see if you can make one with a more complicated profile. I guess one could shape the iron and then use that toscrape the profile in the wood?

Chris

Mike Wenzloff (MikeW) said...

Hi Phil--the pair look really great.

Chris, the iron needed is actually the mirro of the one used in the profile. Makers use to create such a plane, called a "mother" which was used to shape the soles of the planes for sale. They are rare to find in good condition.

Could always make a scratch stock, though. Or make a few more hollows and rounds. With a few more sizes of H&Rs and a shoulder plane, one can create about any moulding plane profile...

Take care, Mike

Philly said...

L-N sell floats? What do you take me for? Some sad tool head who puts the fear of God into his credit card?? Obviously I had no idea.......;)
Thanks Chris-I want to get more H+R's done first before I get into deeper waters. The iron was pretty straightforward-I shaped the sole then scribed it onto the iron. It is easy to tweak a perfect match, little by little. I also feathered the edges away slightly on the outside.
Mike-you're too kind! Making the side float was fun-almost like making a baby rip saw. I used 3/16 stock-it took a while to file those teeth ;) How do you do this all day??
Cheers
Phil

Alf said...

Should anyone's credit card be itching:
http://www.lie-nielsen.com/catalog.php?sku=FB-18

Philly said...

Thanks for the link, Alf. $50? I made mine for nothing-thank goodness for offcuts! A file handle makes the thing look professional (kinda)
I'll post some pics soon-well as soon as I update the website (and the heat abates.........)
Cheers
Phil

Alf said...

someone wrote:
"$50? I made mine for nothing-thank goodness for offcuts!"

Okay, just who are you and what have you done with Philly? :~D

Philly said...

Ha! Yeah, I felt weird when typing that. Fear not-regular service will be restored ;)
Phil

Mike Wenzloff (MikeW) said...

But then again, I think you have already stepped off the precipice of a whole new slope. You're too far gone to climp up now.

So let's see, after a bead or two, and a molding plane...what's next? Ah, well you already have some of the tools. Would be a shame not to use them on something which by then would be more challenging.

Perhance a replacement woodie jointer. You have an iron from the dissapointment, as well as critical dimensions--including ones not right. After that--a super smoother [g]...

Better grease them skis...
Mike

geppetto said...

Hi Phill,
I feel to say yout job is awesome, it's very astounding.. but if I may permit a question..I read somewhere is the sole is made onto the bark side it's so more durable.. now is it a legend of or...
However I'm waiting the next woodies..
Continue on this way.

Many cheers
Gabriele(Geppetto)

Philly said...

Mike
The possibilities are endless-you have me breathless!! As you say, I am in trouble....;)
Gabriele
Many thanks for your postive comments!
I'm not sure on the hardness of the heart or bark side. I cut the timber to give me quartersawn stock (or as close as possible) so any movement will not affect the profile of the plane too much.
Hope this makes sense,
Phil