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 20, 2020

Workshop blog no 31 – No 984s plane

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I am making a variation of my No 984 panel plane to use up some components, it will be designated No 984s, there will only be a small number . It would be a shame to waste them especially these thumb screws.

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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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January 1, 2020

Workshop blog no 26

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One of those very short moments – job satisfaction

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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 17, 2019

Workshop blog no 30 – No 985

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Photos showing the bolts trimmed, milled and surface ground. This plane has probably been the best of all my work and one of the most important factors is the much heavier chassis. I have been able to work to very much tighter milling tolerances, in fact well under 1 thou. It has helped on the grinding because I need to take less off – stainless steel is very difficult for grinding and I can only take cuts of .0002″ (that is 2/10 of a thou). The more cuts you take from stainless the harder the material becomes. You also have to be continually wheel dressing even with using a ceramic wheel. This is the real work that I enjoy the most.

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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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August 18, 2019

Workshop Blog 27 – No 985

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Just thought I would put this picture up of the No 985 smoother in its chrysalis form, still some work to go but on course to be completed for the end of the month.

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March 27, 2019

Workshop blog no 20 – No 985

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I was hoping to get my handles underway this week, but decided to complete the chassis first as the handles will need tweaking when I have an assembled plane.

The start of the front bun, drilling, tapping and counter bore ready to go on to the turning abor. This is the same fit as the fixing bush. Which is another hidden job.

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This operation is usually done on the manual mill as the thread cutting is best done by hand for better sensitivity and ensuring sharp and clean threads. More on this later.

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With reluctance I have put the wood working on hold and moved the chassis forward. Here is the holding fixture awaiting programming and tooling.

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March 18, 2019

Workshop Blog no 17 – No 985

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After a lot of deliberation I have made a decision to screw the front bun directly to the sole which allows me to achieve the design aspect I was looking for.

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You will notice that the profile has been cut showing recesses for the handle tenons. Still a lot of work here as everything is complex just to achieve a simple line. The handle will be secured by one 6mm screw. All my dimensions are critical so precision is the key word. I am longing to get this bottom finished and get on with the rest of the plane. On all my planes the bottom is the mainstay of my work.

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