Progress with the Panel Raising Plane

The next few Panel Raising Planes are taking shape, with the wedge fitting completed.  This along with cutting and truing the throat are the most time consuming and challenging part of making this tool.  I wanted to show a few pictures of the process to illustrate how I go about it.  First, the sides of the abutments are carefully floated flat, especially the left side, where the blade will be registered against.

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Notice the many layout lines.  Some are knifed in, while others are penciled.  Starting with a flat square blank, and having accurate layout lines is essential.  I should also note that I use several floats with modified sides ground at about 15 deg. for getting into the acute corners.  This is what the nearly finished mouth looks like.

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The wedge is a challenge to cut and hold.  The blank is made with plenty of extra length which gives a place to clamp to.After ripping the two sides of the wedge blank at an angle on the table saw, I use a simple fixture that holds the wedge at the same skew angle as when it is in the plane, and cut the wedge taper of 12 deg. on the bandsaw.

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 The need for the extra length is apparent in this photo, giving a place for the clamp to hold the wedge in such a way that it does not interfere with the plane when smoothing the top of the taper. (The clamp tip can just be seen at the extreme left of the photo.) It is clamped to a piece of scrap wood in the vice. This is trial and error until the wedge fits snugly on both sides, and top and bottom.  I aim for a fit that will wedge in place with hand pressure.  I will use a pencil to darken the top of the tapers, and set the wedge with a hammer.  After releasing, I look for a transfer of the pencil along both sides, indicating good contact with the wedge.

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The last step is to check the bed for full contact of the blade at the mouth opening.  I use a candle to soot the bottom of the blade, and place into the plane.  After setting the wedge, the blade is advanced a few taps, and removed from the body.  The high spots show up from the soot, and are carefully floated away until the area at the mouth is where full contact is being made.  Sometimes the wedge needs minor adjusting during this process.  After this process, the wedge is ready for the final shaping.  The sole of the plane will be finished, and the blade ground to match, and heat treated.  I will sharpen and test each plane until it cuts well, and then clean up all surfaces, and add chamfers and other details. Anyone interested in this plane is encouraged to contact me since there are only a few to finish out this batch, and I am not sure when they will be made again with the other projects I am planning.

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