Some of you may have seen my rather pathetic skirting round the subject in the matter of infill planes. I have refurbished a couple but the time has come to start making something from scratch. Despite reading many of the excellent threads on this subject, I was intimidated by just buying some steel plate and starting from zero.
I therefore have been following for some while the St James Bay Tool Company which has a rather sparse website http://www.stjamesbaytoolco.com
but which periodically advertises their kits on eBay like this current one http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Norris-type-brass-and-steel-dovetail-infill-smoothing-plane-kit-2-1-4-/391098044585?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5b0f4290a9
After a lot of faffing around I ended up buying this one http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Norris-type-steel-dovetail-infill-smoothing-plane-kit-2-3-8-034-/171683303828?
I have had it for a month but over the weekend felt the time was right to start...
The kit comes well packaged and consists of the following
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In addition there is a CD containing about 100 images like this one showing you, sort of, how it should be done which are very helpful
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The base is 6mm thick and seems quite accurately machined - it was 63.3mm wide along the entire length measured from the bottom of each dovetail as it were
I started by cutting a piece of old beech worktop so it was 63.3mm wide and clamping this to the base
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The sides (4mm thick) came with tails already part cut - except they needed a bit more filing down to get the angle of the dovetail. I apologise for failing to take photos of me scoring the sides, filing down etc
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Next was the bit that goes behind the mouth - this had to be drilled but they provided 4.5 mm rod in short lengths for this to be attached
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My first bit of peining, ever - quite enjoyable I thought
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So I ended up at the end of the weekend with this. I am so looking forward to this - going to be an overstuffed infill either in oak burr or walnut or mahogany - haven't decided yet
Comments, criticism and advice very welcome