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    A question for planemakers - Secondary bevels on dovetailed plane

    Thanks all for your help. OK, I think I have it This brass is actually supposed to be cold working brass I was lucky to get so would pein OK, but I think locking the brass with the steel is the way to go. I'll just make those secondary bevels small as suggested. I've yet to cut the other...
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    A question for planemakers - Secondary bevels on dovetailed plane

    Hi thanks for the comments. So, essentially, I'm filing a relatively shallow bevel as shaded on the picture. By the sound of it, that needs to be, say, 5 degrees or less at the bottom, and to get the aesthetics of the double dovetail, it needs to be across the width of the tail (after I have...
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    A question for planemakers - Secondary bevels on dovetailed plane

    Hi All I'm in the process of making a copy (more-or less) of a Spiers panel plane. I've got the dovetails cut on one side of the sole (with a few gaps :( which I hope will fill when I start peining) ...see pics...and am contemplating the secondary bevels that enable the locking of the sides...
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    Talking myself out of buying premium tools

    I enjoy using nice tools so have a few (too many), new and old but all good quality IMHO (Clifton, decent older Record, Ashley Iles chisels, Thomas Flinn saws (and some old Groves and Disstons). But probably one of the most useful things I have is a decent (old) drill press. Gets used all the...
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    R. Lloyd & Co. Birmingham

    Can't help I'm afraid, although I do have the same name :). Cheers Richard Lloyd... once of Birmingham (or there abouts...Wolverhampton actually, and also, not immortal as far as I know)
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    Norris #61

    Is that shrinkage after drying or in the drying process? I had thought it quite stable and have used it in knife handles a bit. Cocobolo is generally unobtainable here although it is fantastic stuff. I got a bit for knife scales from the US some years ago. I'll see if I can get Rosewood...
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    Norris #61

    Thanks for the link Ian. I'll bear in mind what you say - maybe bubinga is a good bet after all - it is pretty easy to shape, hard and stable. I understand what you are saying about furniture making. I really don't need any more either and the offspring aren't settled in one place so don't...
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    Norris #61

    Yairs, I have heard some of your compatriots moaning about the lack of choice over your side of the ditch. There are a few suppliers of choice woods over here who'll post to NZ, so if you produce a body that really cries out for some super fancy infill, you should be able to find something that...
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    How to make a Stanley Plane Lever Cap Sparkle again

    I got a bunch of lever caps re-plated for myself and another forum member and felt afterwards that I wish I hadn't. I asked the plater not to go anywhere near them with a linisher, so what did he do? The very shiny and now misshapen lever caps just looked out of place on a vintage tool...
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    Norris #61

    Yes, I see you have a bit of a problem ;). I have done something similar with guitars and I cant even play!! Actually, I think I have guitars out of my system and they take up space if you house them in a nice solid case, rarely to be played by someone. So, perhaps a plane-making problem isn't...
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    Norris #61

    Thanks Ian - that helps a lot. I have a friend with a mill so I'm doing the dovetails the easy way. Using a mill. The cutting out question was regarding the external shape. I think, having just had a brief try, a metal cutting jig saw will be good enough then I'll sand to the edge with a...
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    Norris #61

    Hi Ian et al. a couple of other things I have been wondering about before I get stuck in, that you have probably thought through... how essential is the throat plate? I know these were added to many infills but doesn't the wood infill provide sufficient support? After all, wooden planes also...
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    Norris #61

    Thanks Ian - that's helpful. I'll use that approach when I get to that stage. Which might be a while away the rate things are going! Cheers Richard
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    Norris #61

    Thanks for that. So the axles screw directly into the lever cap then, rather than drilling all the way through. Seems an easy solution although the moving bearing surface is just the axle and the brass sides rather than the moving bearing being distributed across the width of the lever cap - I...
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    Norris #61

    OK, that makes sense. I suppose, why should it prepare a surface differently if the iron angle is the same and the iron is sharpened the same - unless it is to do with support, iron thickness/quality etc which I'm sure has been covered rather fully in threads I have read - maybe that is more to...
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