I needed some precision planes, bigger than violin thumb planes
but smaller than most manufactured planes, so I came up with
designs for planes at the scale I needed.
The soles on these planes are two inches in length. The top one
in the first photo is convex from side to side and the bottom
plane is convex from from front to back.
The beds of these planes are made from brass scrap and are one
piece. The cutters are made from old worn out Stanley No. 4
plane blades by cutting sections out of the old blade on either
side of the slot. I then heated the blades in a forge and
quenched them in water to harden them. Next I backed the
hardness off until I had a straw-colored cutting edge. Lastly I
ground and honed the cutting edges.
Handle and bun infill of the top plane is mahogany and the
bottom one sports ebony.
The latter has a little bone dot inlay in the handle and the
mahogany one has three brass dots as inlays. The wood is held in
the brass beds with tiny screws with their slotted heads filed
off after they were put in place.
I milled a long piece of brass then cut it up in 2-inch sections
to make four planes.
James E. Price
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