I only got about a half hour of shop time this week, but I was able to make a little progress on the moulding plane.
The most notable work that I got done was shaping the finial at the top of the wedge as you can see in the photo below.
This was a simple matter once I got it laid out. Just a few minutes with a coping saw to rough out the shape, then about 5 minutes of work with a float and a chisel and the finial is all done.
I also formed the wear, which is a slightly wider angled section in the front of the iron to allow shavings to enter the mouth of the plane. This was done with a float in about 5 minutes.
The next step, other than heat-treating the iron is to remove about 1/8″ of wood off the top edge of the grip and remove the excess from the front and rear of the plane. You can see the knifed in lines in the photo below.
I hope to make some progress on this plane next weekend. I’ll make sure to post on the progress. Once this plane is done, I’ll be working on a matching hollow plane. With that one I plan on getting more photos of process of making a plane and not just the results.
Until next time. . .