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This article goes through completing the process of building the Continental style smoothing plane using the Veritas Wooden Plane Hardware Kit.

Step 19

Saw off part of the over long greenheart base and epoxy to an oddment of elm to make the Mouth Block (Item 6).

Make the mouth block

Step 20

Shape the Mouth Block to fit its recess. Use a 15mm Forstner bit to mark the centre of the 6mm thread insert. Use an 8mm drill to make a hole and screw in the insert.

Shape the mouth block

Step 21

Repeat for the other 6mm insert, using an 8mm drill to locate the hole position. Bevel the front edge of the Mouth Block.

Repeat for the other insert

Step 22

Using a scrap of plywood, check the Mouth Block seats correctly and scrape the sole to achieve initial flatness. Check with a straight edge.

Check the mouth block

Step 23

Chisel away the waste on the side cheeks (arrowed).

Chisel away the watse

Step 24

Insert a scrap block into the mouth, mark and drill a ¼” hole through both cheeks for the brass rod supplied with the kit. Use the pillar drill for accuracy.

Insert a scrap block

Step 25

Route a 12mm slot for the brass plate. Make the brass plate, drill and countersink the holes to accept 3.5mm screws.

Route a 12mm slot

Step 26

Remove the corners from a 6mm nyloc nut (arrowed) and fit onto the pan head bolt to locate just underneath the brass plate, which should be free to revolve. Enlarge the 8mm groove if required with a four square file.

Fitting nyloc nut

Step 27

Make a mock up of the Rear Tote (Item 9), ensuring that the brass adjusting knob is free to move sufficiently from side to side.

Mock up the rear tote

Step 28

Mark out and cut the Rear Tote at 50°, leaving it around 20mm higher. Use hand tools, the disc sander and Proxxon Mini Drill (with sanding drum) to shape the tote. Retain the other half of the block.

Mark the rear tote Shape the rear tote

Step 29

Mark out the drilling positions for two 8mm dowels, place a panel pin in each position and clip off the heads (arrowed). Press the Rear Tote onto the pins to mark the corresponding hole positions.

Mark out drilling positions

Step 30

Drill 8mm dowel holes, fit dowels dry and test for alignment.

Drill 8mm dowell holes

Step 31

Mark out, cut, shape and smooth the rear profile (arrowed) of the plane using hand tools. Round over the sides.

Shape rear profile Shape rear profile

Step 32

On the other half of the Rear Tote, insert a panel pin (arrowed) and clip off the head.

Insert panel pin

Step 33

Press the two halves of the Rear Tote together and bind very tightly with a length of rubber obtained from an old cycle inner tube. Glue the Rear Tote to the plane body with 8mm dowels, remove all glue.

Glue the rear tote to the plane body

Step 34

Glue the Horn in position and clamp. When dry, remove the clamps, saw off the excess on the Rear Tote and shape.

Glue the horn in position

Step 35

Prepare the Cap (Item 8), mark out and drill a 9.5mm hole for the brass bolt. The bolt insert fits on the underside of the Cap. If required, shape the Cap to fit snugly under the brass rod with the blade in position on the bed.

Prepare the cap Fit the bolt insert

Step 36

Apply candle wax to the blade bed (allows the blade to be adjusted more easily).

Apply candle wax

Step 37

Assemble the plane with the blade retracted beneath sole (arrowed). Ensure blade is under normal working pressure by tightening the Cap bolt and make sure the Mouth Block is fully tight in its recess. Dress the sole on a sandpaper board until dead flat, check with a straight edge.

Assemble the plane Dress the sole

Step 38

Take the plane apart, detail sand and apply a finish of choice.

Apply a finish

Step 39

Reassemble plane, epoxy the brass disc in position. Screw the brass plate into its routed slot with 3.5mm Torx screws.   Always slacken off the Cap bolt before moving the Norris style adjuster. Once the blade is set correctly, tighten the Cap bolt to hold the blade in position. Adjust the Mouth Block for a fine opening.

Reassemble the plane Adjust the plane
  • Arthur

    Wow! That’s fantastic. A great job showing the steps in the instructions. I’m not so fond of the ‘horny’ type of plane so I may have to build one in a more, gasp, modern style. Good job!

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