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    Quote Originally Posted by RayG View Post
    Hi BT,

    That blade looks perfect, almost like it was made for it... (oh wait, it was... )

    It's starting to look like a seriously nice plane.

    If you post that blade to me, I should have it back in your letter box before you get back from Germany..

    Regards
    Ray

    PS Thanks for the offer of the Kingshott book, you are too generous, greatly appreciated.
    I posted Jim's book off yesterday. You'll love the mother of pearl Ray.

    The blade is a copy of the one I had in my post WW2 A5. I had traced around the blade and cap iron before I chucked the plane overboard back in the 18% interest rate days. I was reading your thread about the little No.4 you made and your comment about the fiddly task of fitting the infill. I'm avoiding most of that grief by opting for the 50 style but when I had the A5, I removed the beech infill and replaced it with Amazon rosewood. Definitely a fiddly job and one made dangerous if the dust was inhaled.

    I was looking at Konrad Sauer's site again this morning. What amazing work!

    I will post the two pieces of steel back to you on Friday.

    Thanks
    Bob.

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    Default The Holiday Is Over

    I had been asked recently what I had planned to do, projectwise, now that I have retired. My answer was to finish three projects.

    This project had stalled because of indecision on my behalf regarding the pivot placement for the lever cap. About five years worth of indecision!!! Anyway a recent phone call to Peter McBride had me up and on the way again. ( Peter has a comprehensive knowledge of Norris planes and the No.50 I'm vaquely copying ).

    The lever cap on the Norris 50 was gunmetal. I had purchased a piece of 3/4" thick brass as an alternative for the cap then cut it too narrow. I acquired another piece of brass and looked at it for five years.

    Norris fitted cast iron lever caps to the very early straight sided No.51 and I have always liked the look of the unadorned cast iron caps on my century old Stanley bench planes. Given that the fitting of the cap on my pretend plane was going to be fiddly due to the curvature and taper of the plane's sides I thought it would be prudent to make my first attempt from an offcut of 4E cast iron bar. Norris permanently fixed their lever cap in place with a piened pivot pin. I have made mine removable to facilitate fiddling. At present the pivot pin is secured in place with a 1/8" socket set screw, not really in keeping with a plane designed about a hundred years ago but it works.

    One acquisition that has proved extremely useful is the Schaublin No.36 vice Michael G procured for me. The plane body could be installed vertically in the jaws then rotated right and left 90 degress for the drilling of the front and rear handle retention pins along with the lever cap pivot pin.

    The metalwork ahead of me is mainly hand filing then it's onto a bit of woodwork....

    BT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anorak Bob View Post
    ...One acquisition that has proved extremely useful is the Schaublin No.36 vice
    And to think I nearly bought it for myself before thinking I had enough vices. Looks good in it's new clothes though Bob.

    Michael

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    That does my heart good, a beautiful job, the time factor is neither here or there, it's the future generations who will look at the plane and be inspired.

    What timber did you have in mind for the infill? I have some West Australian Sheoak and a fair selection of highly figured walnut from my mate who does gun stocks.

    Peter McBride, if he's about would really like this.

    Ray

    PS. Congratulation on your retirement , I can vouch for the fact that I don't know how I ever had time for work.

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    Hi Ray,

    Peter gave me a lot of advice regarding the placement of the adjuster which had been causing me some angst when I was trying to position the lever cap pivot. The cap iron screw has to lift up out of the adjuster's banjo and the lever has to swing out of the way to enable the cutter to be withdrawn. Hard to envisage without the lever cap actually pivoting in place. If it wasn't for Peter's help I'd still be looking at the bloody thing, deliberating !!!

    With regards to the timber infill, I still have the flamboyantly figured walnut provided by Colin and eBay. //metalworkforums.com/f65/t1328...52#post1292752

    The challenge for me, if I use the claro walnut for the handle, is cutting the slice down to about 26mm from its current thickness of 55mm. I'm thinking of tackling it from all four sides with a backsaw.

    BT

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    Hi Bob,
    Beautiful workmanship on a tricky project, great photo's. I have often wondered if you were ever going to finish that plane, pleased to see it looks like it time is up.Being retired means you run out of time more often than when you worked.Looking forward to you working the Walnut, it is very hard on the edges of your tools.
    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anorak Bob View Post
    I had been asked recently what I had planned to do, projectwise, now that I have retired. My answer was to finish three projects.

    This project had stalled because of indecision on my behalf regarding the pivot placement for the lever cap. About five years worth of indecision!!! Anyway a recent phone call to Peter McBride had me up and on the way again. ( Peter has a comprehensive knowledge of Norris planes and the No.50 I'm vaquely copying ).
    Bob,
    Great to see this project on the front-burner.
    Retirement, hehe, now the real work starts!
    I've a brother in law who's always winging about how his retirement from teaching consists of going to hire DVDs, watching them, then .... rinse and repeat.
    Not in my house!
    Cheers,
    Peter

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    I posted these images elsewhere and thought there might be one or two here who may have wondered whether I ever got around to completing this .....

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    That's very nice Bob.

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    An art piece Bob, too good to use, should go on the mantle piece to admire. Well done.
    Alan.

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    Very nice workmanship, it really is a showpiece.
    Bob

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    Well done Bob.

    Thats truly a work of art!

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    Nicely done, Bob.

    I think you've beaten me on time taken to complete a plane project, but not by much - my first infill took about 10 years from when I cut the first bit of metal 'til it made its first shavings. front bun replaced 2018.jpg

    No machinery used on mine, other than a drill press. I was stalled for a long time over the lever cap & thumbscrew for #1, & eventually managed to get a casting & thumbscrew through a trade. I've since discovered it's a pretty simple job to carve a lever cap out of a chunk of brass, & the acquisition of a small metal lathe allows me to make my own thumbscrews.

    There were numerous points of the build where I almost gave up & abandoned the whole thing but doggedness finally got me over the line. It even works quite well after a bit of initial fiddling & fettling (mostly to do with the mouth & cap-iron). The fact it worked at all was a great morale boost, and has led to a few more planes since.

    In fact, quite a few.....

    Cheers,
    IW

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    Quote Originally Posted by simonl View Post
    Well done Bob.

    Thats truly a work of art!

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    Thank you Simon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krisfarm View Post
    Very nice workmanship, it really is a showpiece.
    Bob
    Thank you Bob.

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