No 10 smoother/mitre
A very patient customer asked me to make a small mitre plane. He wanted a 11/4” wide blade to be bedded at 25 deg and bevel up with a short body. No adjuster was required.
I would classify this plane as a smoother/mitre. The small mitre plane has always seemed to be surprisingly scarce for its usefulness. Having got my simple sketch approved the first batch is now well on the way (the sketch can be seen on the website here http://www.holteyplanes.com/).
It is a combined stainless steel bottom with naval brass dovetailed sides and brass lever cap and thumb screw. The blade is in my A2 original specification and has a top sneck. The length of the plane is 43/4“.
Despite its apparent austerity there will be no lacking in specification and quality. The designation will be No.10. Delivery will be end of November 2011.
What better place to start than the blades. Here are the A2 blanks being drilled and shaped. These are now away being heat treated (the only work to be done out of house).
Brass sides have been cut from sheet and trued up into rectangular blanks.
Then CNC drilled for indexing purposes. I am then able to press silver steel pins through the holes holding them in sets of 12 ready for dovetailing.
Work holding set up with datums for the first batch of 12.
For clarity I have cleaned up the mess for these pictures which show the milling and forming of the dovetails.
Whilst the dovetailing set up is in place I need to remember to make my clamping plates. The use of these plates has been demonstrated before in my A6 blog, but you will see their use for the No 10 later. As you can see these plates are surface ground as in most of my tooling.