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    Hi CK. Love what you did with the lever cap. And ignore my previous suggestion, now that I have seen the other side of the handle. How did you go about milling the chinese elm? I have just collected some sections of apple trunk and want to use it for saw handles. My bandsaw won't be up to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Ash View Post
    Hi CK. Love what you did with the lever cap. And ignore my previous suggestion, now that I have seen the other side of the handle. How did you go about milling the chinese elm? I have just collected some sections of apple trunk and want to use it for saw handles. My bandsaw won't be up to it.
    I milled the log with my chain saw. I am actually a bit embarrassed about it. I more or less butchered it. I just pecked the logs down on the lawn and tried to make a few parallel cuts. But I am not very good with the chainsaw so they came out in varying thicknesses.



    I just wanted to give it a try and the wood was free and I didn't know anyone with a mill.

    So it certainly won't become bigger pieces of furniture. Just used for smaller stuff. Also there is a lot of waste that way.

    I think if I would be in the situation again I'd try to find one who could do it for me. Or at least someone who can use the chainsaw better than me [emoji6]

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    I will give it a go too then. I was thinking about building a dedicated sled to cut partway with table saw (twice - from top and bottom) and then finish with bandsaw, removing the connecting bit.

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    There it is. Finished and I took it through the paces.

    It took a little to get the bed and blade mating properly and fitting the lever cap to the blade as well.

    I know now how easy it is to get the screw holes for the lever cap off center. I had to file a little to compensate. One hole is now a slight oval [emoji6]

    I first kept the blade straight and could take some nice thin shaving from pine and the chinese elm.



    But for a general plane the mouth is too big. So I did finally give the blade an 8" camber.



    And then took it for a test drive to prep some boards for a small back saw rack I need.



    Works great. Here now a few pics to show off [emoji16]



    Although not perfect with some flaws I still put my name on it.



    Finally some stats:

    Length 290mm
    Blade 44mm
    Weight 1720g

    As comparison my #5 is about 1950g and my #4 based scrubby 1570g. So not too heavy I think.



    It will get used a lot I am sure.

    What have I learned?
    - the metal pieces need to be secured well on the peening block to not move
    - drilling the holes for the lever cap screws needs very careful set-up and better to measure again and again. I know you all have said it, but sometimes I have to make the mistake myself before I learn.

    But most of all it is not as hard as one first thinks and lots of fun. It is hard to get it perfect but even if not perfect you can get a usable plane out of it. The rest is practise.

    Now I can go back to my challenge plane [emoji16]

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    Well done !!! Thatís a cool looking plane.
    ​Brad.

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    I agree with Brad, that plane is "the business"!!

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    CK.
    Thatís a fantastic scrub plane,
    Iím sure that will see plenty of use in its intended role.
    Well done.

    Cheers Matt.

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    What they said; sheís a bewdy!

    Well done!
    Nothing succeeds like a budgie without a beak.

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    Not only looks great CK but it works! Nice pics too, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cklett View Post


    But for a general plane the mouth is too big. So I did finally give the blade an 8" camber.



    And then took it for a test drive to prep some boards for a small back saw rack I need.


    CK

    That is a wonderful job. I particularly liked this pic as it embodied everything from raw timber to shavings to that gorgeous reflection in the brass sides. I commend your foray into the different timber too: Most of us seem to head for the reds and blacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cklett
    ...I milled the log with my chain saw.

    Log - Chainsawed.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Ash View Post
    I will give it a go too then. I was thinking about building a dedicated sled to cut partway with table saw (twice - from top and bottom) and then finish with bandsaw, removing the connecting bit.
    I just snap a chalk line and then bandsaw straight down the middle of the log. Can get a reasonably straight line. Then I joint both faces, and do subsequent cuts with those faces against the fence on the bandsaw.

    Used to use a sled on the bandsaw, but its scarcely worth the trouble. And you cannot slice the second half of the log.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cklett
    Beautiful concept and execution. Well done!


    Quote Originally Posted by Cklett
    ...But for a general plane the mouth is too big. So I did finally give the blade an 8" camber....
    Thinking aloud; if you used a thicker blade this would push the blade forward closer to the leading edge of the mouth and effectively close off the mouth somewhat.

    Hope Ian or someone with far more experience on plane making than me comes along with further comment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraemeCook View Post
    Beautiful concept and execution. Well done!




    Thinking aloud; if you used a thicker blade this would push the blade forward closer to the leading edge of the mouth and effectively close off the mouth somewhat.

    Hope Ian or someone with far more experience on plane making than me comes along with further comment.
    Yes, there would be enough room for a thicker blade. I was thinking of it too and maybe some day if I go and buy some tool steel I will add that and have a second blade.

    Then again it was planned to be a Scrubby in the first place anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cklett View Post
    Then again it was planned to be a Scrubby in the first place anyway.
    Sounds like a perfect excuse to start planning a smoother build
    ​Brad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cklett View Post
    ...
    Then again it was planned to be a Scrubby in the first place anyway.
    ...
    Too pretty for a scrubby, but why shouldn't a scrubby be pretty?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ironwood
    Sounds like a perfect excuse to start planning a smoother build
    I think I was prescient in my first post on this thread (Post #4 above).

    Sounds like Ironwood is also prescient.

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