From the Workshop

April 2, 2020

Workshop Blog No 33 – No 984

Some photos of the No 984 panel plane

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No 984 panel plane sides being routed on milling machine – no water jet or laser here. All work in house.

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No 984 panel plane milling of blade bed and adjuster recess.

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No 984 panel plane. Lever cap, adjuster and bun are easily removed without any tools

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No 984 panel plane with acrylic and rosewood ( honduran rosewood) handles

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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February 22, 2020

workshop blog no 29 – No 984s

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Unlike the No 984, with its in situ dowels, I have chosen to screw the No 984s planes. Both systems have their good points.

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tapping on the mill with a tapping head never seems to be enough so I have to go over these again by hand. It is important for the fixing bolts to run free. I have to assemble and dis-assemble dry quite a few times. When it comes to the final assembly it is essential that there are no problems as the bolts will be going in with torque control and permanent locking compound.

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With all the milling, grinding, forming, drilling and tapping done I am half way with the bottoms. These will now be set aside until I have completed the sides – next job.

February 12, 2020

Workshop blog no 27

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Another plane which will be a future rarity. Just a one off as all future projects will be.

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September 21, 2019

Workshop blog no 23 – No 985

This is unusual for me because I think showing off shavings could be a little sad. Not many people tell you the wood they are using but here I have planed a very wild piece of Boxwood out of the scrap bin. As you can see there is a large knot near the edge so there is a lot of alternating grain. I was pushing off quite a thick shaving at 2 thou with no tear out at all. Then I was able to finish off at 1 thou without revisiting the oil stone. No doubt the enthusiast could improve on this performance as I don’t have the time to play. This is my new blade in stainless – that is all I am saying.

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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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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 8, 2019

Workshop Blog no 15 – No 985

I was hoping to have some more pictures on the No 985 but I had a lot of other work to be done. Here is the same method of fixing on the No 982 plane. Showing the final torque on the screws after applying thread locking compound

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The bolts being trimmed off. This is how I will be doing the No 985 soon!!

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