I didn’t have too much time to work on the moulding plane this week, but I did make a little progress. The plane irons for the round I’m working on and the mating hollow that I will make next came in this week. I was able to get the iron for the round plane ready for bedding and profiling.
The first step that I took was to relieve some of the material off of the shoulder of the iron to keep it from damaging the plane body. As can be seen in the photo below, the front of edge of the should would dig into the plane body if used as it came.
I started out by using a sharpie marker to note the material that needed to be removed. After that, I moved started to work with a file to remove the material. My mill file needs to be replaced, and I ended up using a coarse diamond needle file to remove the material. After the material was removed, I rounded over the shoulder of the iron.
Finally, the last bit of work that I did was to carve out the ramp between the grip of the plane and the escapement so that the iron would be in the right position for bedding and profiling.
I hope to have some time next weekend to work on bedding the iron and getting the rough profiling of the plane iron finished.
Until next time. . .