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    Default challenge 2020 - 2021. banjopicks

    I'm in. I'm building a left hand skewed jack and this will be my second attempt at building a plane. I hope there's enough time to complete it and thanks for letting me join the fun.

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    Started drawing in Sketchup. I don't have a plan to go by so I'm hoping these angles will suit there purpose.Shooting plane (2).pngShooting plane2.png

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    banjopicks

    You made it. Excellent and welcome. You have until March next year.



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    Thanks Paul. Yay, I have time to build a prototype.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banjopicks View Post
    Thanks Paul. Yay, I have time to build a prototype.
    Prototypes seem to be the flavour of the month,
    So another prototype would fit right in.

    Cheers Matt.

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    Finally finished reading all the contestant threads. This is going to be a wonderful learning experience. So many of your ideas I want to use in the future.

    I haven't had any time to do any more work on mine other than gluing up a 2 1/2" X 3" X 14" block of hard maple block. This may or may not be the end all plane for me in this competition. I'm going to attempt to carve it out with chisel and mallet even though I had the opportunity to take the easy route before gluing. I need to see just how difficult it is before going the easy route on future planes. I'm also considering making my own blade but I'm concerned about making the oven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banjopicks View Post
    I'm also considering making my own blade but I'm concerned about making the oven.
    What type of steel are you contemplating for the blade?

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    O1 for ease of sharpening and heat treating I think. Many years ago when I was a machinist, I hardened a lot of metal with a big torch and a bucket of oil. I don't have a torch like that so I need to do something else.

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    Depending on your choice of steel I was going to suggest Oxy, but you have already explained that away.

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    I'll need to figure this out as I hate paying someone for work that I'm capable of. I can buy steel locally.

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    Last nights glue up went south, unbelievable, of all things. I tossed the whole thing in the scrap bin where it can spend some time thinking about what it's done. I may pull that out of the bucket someday but think I would save myself a lot of time by just building the way they were done back in the day. I'm going to wait until I can get my hands on a solid billet and do it right. I could make a smaller plane but it's not what I want or need right now. One solid hunk of wood, 3X3x16, maybe oak.

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    A wood with a close, dense grain (beech, maple, etc.) is best as there are no open pores to catch dirt and grit and mar your finish. If the plane is for more coarse work, this may not be important.

    Having said all that, I went against this advice myself and made my first Japanese-style plane out of N.A. white oak (it was easy to get and not so expensive). It worked, but being my first go at plane-making, there were (many) other issues which detracted from it's performance (no surprise). But I made more and things got better.
    PICT0725a.jpeg My first two - in those days there wasn't very much how-to information available. But I saved money!

    Most Japanese-made planes do use oak, but their species is dense and closed-grained.

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    Just hold the thought - "Learning comes from experience ; both good and not so good experiences"

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    Making some headway on my starter plane. I screwed up the pin holes again so I decided to try this. I don't know of how well it will hold up but I definitely like it more than a pin. I just need to make a medallion to cover the one hoke I made. That'll give me chance to work on my inlay skills.

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    I think if I was to do this again, I'd inset these pieces.

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