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    I can't really tell their age - they are not...

    I can't really tell their age - they are not rusty, but that could mean they were just well kept.

    Steve
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    I wondered who would be first to upset the...

    I wondered who would be first to upset the holiday reverie with plane 'ol chit chat. Oh well, the magic spell has been broken.

    Looking at that shape, I think you should consider fitting the blade...
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    Well for an opinion - they look pretty standard...

    Well for an opinion - they look pretty standard to the usual Japanese bench chisel. Other than the hammered hoops (not necessarily anything special, perhaps an upsell or added by a previous owner?) ,...
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    Difficult to envision anything with that chunk of...

    Difficult to envision anything with that chunk of wood as-is. Why not rough out a couple of options using some scrap?
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    Good to hear you're doing well. Hope your...

    Good to hear you're doing well. Hope your vehicular repairs go smoothly. Poor cats.

    All the best over the "holidays" - back to work on the plane in the new year is something to anticipate with...
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    Great progress! :2tsup: Maybe you could make...

    Great progress! :2tsup: Maybe you could make those little dents larger and call them strategically placed depressions to improve grip.
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    Great to have another plane maker with us for the...

    Great to have another plane maker with us for the challenge! We await your creation.
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    'Tis the plane truth. But I do feel my resolve...

    'Tis the plane truth. But I do feel my resolve for my chosen material being chiseled away at. Perhaps next challenge will be the switch to metal - then I can say "peen there, done that, got the T...
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    Indeed, feel free to shoot your knobs and infills...

    Indeed, feel free to shoot your knobs and infills over to us wood guys (not that I'm suggesting, appearances aside, that you're having trouble with the stuff).

    Steve
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    Hmmm, sounds like a lot of work, but intriguing....

    Hmmm, sounds like a lot of work, but intriguing. I will require a commitment from you metal guys to also produce boxes 'tho.
    On second thought, having looked at the work thus far - so many right...
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    The purpleheart would be just fine as wood for a...

    The purpleheart would be just fine as wood for a plane body, notwithstanding its finickiness to work into that stage. I can't say long-term how it might stand up - the previous one I made was donated...
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    Looks great - can't wait to see the woodwork! ...

    Looks great - can't wait to see the woodwork!

    Steve
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    Like many, I've slowed down but still plugging...

    Like many, I've slowed down but still plugging away. I think I have the mouth adjusted ok, so gave the body two coats of tung oil. I'll let it cure a few more days before waxing.
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    Hope you get well soon. I do think that here...

    Hope you get well soon. I do think that here should be consideration for a medical extension to the deadline, should it be required to allow you to complete your plane challenge entry.

    Steve
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    Beauty!

    Beauty!
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    That's coming along nicely!

    That's coming along nicely!
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    I agree, Picko - that is a fine piece of...

    I agree, Picko - that is a fine piece of workmanship! :2tsup:

    Steve
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    That discrepancy shows up with the pencil line in...

    That discrepancy shows up with the pencil line in one pic. You could correct it easily with a chisel or another plane - but as you say, the shavings won't care. Good progress so far.

    Steve
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    That's because she's not dressed right. I suggest...

    That's because she's not dressed right. I suggest a hand brushed-on coat of satin black with the brush marks in a fishnet pattern?
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    Wow great job. The colour contrast and shape are...

    Wow great job. The colour contrast and shape are very pleasing. You should be just about ready to make savings!
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    Just some proof of progress: Paring away some...

    Just some proof of progress:

    Paring away some of the key to open the mouth - starting with .5 mm. I still need to remove wood from the key further inside so there is clearance for the...
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    Thanks for the comments. I don't find it...

    Thanks for the comments. I don't find it particularly hard to create the tsusumi (thanks for reminding of the correct term) relative to the making of the rest of the dai - just have to ease off on...
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    Looks like a plan. Still lots of time left (so...

    Looks like a plan. Still lots of time left (so I've kind of only been picking at mine lately- but getting there).

    Steve
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    Welcome to the plane circus. To add media,...

    Welcome to the plane circus.

    To add media, after you hit "Reply to Thread" go to the "Go Advanced" selection (if not already there) and on that page will be a "Manage Attachments" button - that...
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    Very tidy Chief. Surprising how much a small tool...

    Very tidy Chief. Surprising how much a small tool can move metal.

    Steve
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    Thanks Guys, This wasn't a feature I had...

    Thanks Guys,

    This wasn't a feature I had planned, but at least its one of those that has a straightforward solution. I like the contrast too, so my use of tagua nut as the plugs for the chip...
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    The key in the door. I made the key the full...

    The key in the door. I made the key the full length of the ebony blank as it is easier to manipulate and shape accurately by hand. It is in quite tight, so I will leave as is and cut it to length....
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    I can't offer any advice as I have no experience...

    I can't offer any advice as I have no experience with such tools - but I can say it is looking great. The ironwood has a different colour than the purpleheart, but looks very similar on the end...
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    Well, the colour would match that of my fingers...

    Well, the colour would match that of my fingers on certain occasions.
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    Yes, a mallet - add another project to my...

    Yes, a mallet - add another project to my "someday" list. You don't like my oak one :?.
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    Sadly - fun and games for the sailors and we get...

    Sadly - fun and games for the sailors and we get the bad rep.

    Anyway, some cheesy progress pics of today's work. Very pleasant weather for Nov, so took advantage and moved outside:
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    Looking good - nice to see more progress.

    Looking good - nice to see more progress.
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    Great work so far. Wood certainly has its...

    Great work so far. Wood certainly has its challenges, but I really marvel at you guys who can build tools out of metal - awesome!
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    I had thought about grain direction - but with...

    I had thought about grain direction - but with this piece I will just have to live with the grain going crosswise. I would rather it be continuous than multiple pieces (I will have trouble enough...
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    I received my piece of ebony (20x20x155 mm) from...

    I received my piece of ebony (20x20x155 mm) from Lee Valley. Never worked with it before, but after a quick planing to remove the saw marks, it seems to not present any difficulty in working it.
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    Great work - very tidy indeed! Looking forward to...

    Great work - very tidy indeed! Looking forward to see the infill (and the finished product).
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    Man!. Shiny metal and nice wood - this is the...

    Man!. Shiny metal and nice wood - this is the place to be!
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    I decided I would add a wood insert to the sole...

    I decided I would add a wood insert to the sole which would close up the mouth so wood would plane better. I thought a dark colour wood would provide a better contrast than a light colour wood would...
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    The link works ok for me - must be a firewall...

    The link works ok for me - must be a firewall thing where you hang your hat during the day.
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    Hi Paul, I'm not an expert, so can't say how...

    Hi Paul,

    I'm not an expert, so can't say how often someone would tend to prefer to push, but generally, the Asian style planes are designed to be pulled and that is (always?) the way you see them...
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    I think, where the chart does point out "tools"...

    I think, where the chart does point out "tools" (chisels/knives/reamers, etc.), where O2 is listed, O1 would probably be just as likely?
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    For the wood body, not much if any. Just the...

    For the wood body, not much if any. Just the inherent qualities of the wood generally and the crispness of the workmanship (which, of course tends to go for a slide after some use and age). There is...
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    Thanks! I'm going to use tung oil and wax as a...

    Thanks!

    I'm going to use tung oil and wax as a finish. I don't know if I can prevent it from changing colour, but I suspect if it is kept indoors, it will last quite a while before turning brown -...
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    Thanks Matt. The wood is very nice - will be ever...

    Thanks Matt. The wood is very nice - will be ever more so when oiled and waxed. I just hope I can contain the few odd remnants of tear-out so they won't detract too much :(.
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    It works! 483101 Now, these are not the...

    It works!
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    Now, these are not the official challenge shavings (this stick is walnut), just a progress proof of performance. I had to tweak the mating of the blade and chip-breaker (lots of...
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    Keep your eye out for some "scrap" steel that has...

    Keep your eye out for some "scrap" steel that has sufficient carbon content to make a plane iron (leaf springs, old brake discs, saw blades, etc.). Or try any local flea markets/yard sales for second...
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    Very nice! :2tsup:

    Very nice! :2tsup:
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    Correction to this: (that's what I get for...

    Correction to this: (that's what I get for holding onto something for so many years - I forget stuff :?). This blade is actually also 65mm. Imagine how bright I would have looked having cut out a...
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    I'm sure the Queen would be pleased - and I'm...

    I'm sure the Queen would be pleased - and I'm sure She's used to working under pressure.
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    I also don't have any marking fluid (not that I'd...

    I also don't have any marking fluid (not that I'd need it for my plane build), but I found that felt-tipped markers work well enough in a pinch, too.
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