From the Workshop

March 25, 2020

Workshop Blog No 32 – No 984s

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With the sides prepared I can now make a commitment to the sole of the plane. i.e. mouth position and adjuster recess. This is a critical time which I would prefer not to get wrong, in fact it can get scary. The excitement level gets stronger as things progress.

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March 10, 2020

Workshop Blog no 30 – No 984s

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I have said little about this variant of the No 984 panel plane. It is to be designated No 984s.

There will be some differences as well as the decrease in length.

With the bottoms only being half worked they are now shelved until I have completed the sides.

I have deliberated long and hard over the design of these sides. I have now decided not to chamfer them. This is by no means an economy and as you can see from the photos the chamfers could have been completed there and then and that would have been the end of it. I have taken a leap of faith and trusted my instincts because I feel that leaving the edges square will work better with the other changes. The profile looks more sharp finned and streamline than the chamfered version. It is all down to waiting for a finished plane. I know it will be the proverbial ‘brick built shithouse’ but this is what I wanted.

The middle picture shows the stainless steel side being routed with an 8mm ripper which surprisingly went through very quietly with no effort or noise. A single cutter lasted the whole job and still has life left in it. I have left the swarf in for the picture to show the amount of material removed.

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February 21, 2020

workshop blog no 28 – No 984s

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This is the start of a new version of the No 984 panel plane. It will be 12 ½” long with a 2″ blade. There will be a slight variation in styling.

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January 1, 2020

Workshop blog no 26

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One of those very short moments – job satisfaction

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November 20, 2019

Workshop blog no 25 No 985

This is the last chance to take this kind of picture before I assemble the planes. I cannot possible imagine anyone else ever going down this route. As with all my planes it has to be better than the one that proceeded it. This is the last 10 I am assembling. To quote a maxim – when they’re gone they’re gone.

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November 14, 2019

Workshop Blog no 24 – No 985

Stainless steel bolts for the No 985. 250 of them. All handmade. Never want to see one again. I would be embarrassed to say how long they took. It is important that they were made to a high precision, but will be hidden when the work is finished.

There are only a small number of these planes unsold

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September 20, 2019

Workshop blog no 33

Looks like I have started a new family here, there are all limited editions only

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September 19, 2019

Workshop blog no 32 – No 985

It has been a very long journey but at last the planes are ready. I have always said that I try to improve over the preceding planes which is always a difficulty and this one clearly does it.

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September 18, 2019

Workshop blog no 31 – No 985

Another picture which I missed out yesterday

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August 24, 2019

Workshop Blog 28 – No 985

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Showing the bottom blade bed modified to stop the blade passing through the mouth.

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