From the Workshop

July 6, 2017

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In conversations over the years I have always been praised for my (primitive) drawings as CAD is the way now. (See the dinsaour card on my Facebook page – thank you David) I have never had to time to learn CAD. The hardest thing was to learn an early Heidenhain control unit for my mill. I am just starting a new batch (yes, I know I am supposed to be retiring :-) ) of these No 983 planes, mainly because I sold the last one which was mine, I am going to use this opportunity to explain some of the workings in more depth. Maybe because I am getting older the work seems to expand but I have never allowed economic restraints to get in the way.

Going back through some of my drawings, which are very untidy, I decided to post some up. Starting with this side layout of the No 983 – warts and all. This is how I work and then I have to convert it into a suitable dialogue for my Heidenhain. Luckily I am the only person who has to understand this.

No 983 outline 1

December 2, 2013

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Holtey No 983 lever cap
 
Now I have a finished lever cap and the picture is a reminder that it is cut from a solid stainless steel bar.

The plane is now finished and is due to be on the website by the end of the week.

November 11, 2013

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As this lever cap has taken a very long time to make I thought this picture, of it not even half way completed, tells some of the story. The milling, grinding and polishing has to done in sequence to achieve the finish I require. It will be a complex shape when completed.

October 25, 2013

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After several weeks of design, trial and tribulations, the thumb wheel in stainless steel is finally complete. New designs and ideas are always time consuming.
 
This picture shows the thumb wheel inverted and assembled with the floating spherical washer (the washer does not appear to be central on the photo as it is floating). This works with the matching spherical depression in the underside of the thumb wheel like a ball and socket; evenly spreading the load over its area, helping to eliminate any lateral movement on the blade as you tighten down on it. It also helps to evenly distribute the pressure throughout the blade bed reducing body distortion.

 
 

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These are the three components making up the thumb wheel. I have changed the grip arrangement on the thumb wheel and screws. I dislike the fact that a lot of knurls fill up with dirt. Aesthetically I find this method, though labour intensive, is more pleasing and feels comfortable on the thumb/fingers.
 
 
I would like to emphasise that, as always, all my components are hand made, in house.

September 29, 2013

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No 983 star burst
 
 Nice to be back at work after my carpel tunnel operation. Still a bit sore but I can’t stay away!

All that is left now is the lever cap and palm rest. But this is quite a large chunk of work.

August 22, 2013

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More updates on the No 983 plane
 

 
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July 22, 2013

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One very solid chassis
 
 
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July 17, 2013

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Slow progress but I do like to get my bottoms right. All materials are in 303 or 304 stainless steel due to its better corrosion resistance

 

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As you can see the finger rest is press fit.
 

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June 26, 2013

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The heart and sole of this plane

June 14, 2013

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Work in progress on the new No 983 stainless steel block plane
 
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No 983 Holtey c
 
Integral pins are back! These pins are cut 0.22″ long, cut full depth in one go with a 6mm roughing cutter. Then go round the houses again with a 6mm finishing cutter. Some people don’t believe that I can cut these pins full depth in one go in s/s (or any other material). It is just a matter of getting things right.
 
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The last job is to put a tiny lead chamfer which not only makes an easier entry but it helps to prevent the edges from splitting during the peining process.

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