Towell miter – sole assembly

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OK – now the plane shell is starting to move along.  It’s time to prep the sole assembly and cut the tongue and groove for the mouth. This part of the plane construction is only applicable for bevel-up planes, and doesn’t generally apply for bevel-down planes — which are the vast majority of infill planes. […]

Towell Miter – front plate and bridge

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This entry will cover the remaining steps that need to be accomplished prior to bending the sidewalls.  The front plate needs to be fabricated, and the dovetails cut for joining it to the sidewalls, and the bridge needs to be completed to the point of fitting the tenons to the sidewalls.  After that, its simply […]

Towell Miter – secondary dovetails and Bridge mortises

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This entry will cover the layout and cutting/filing work for the bridge mortises and secondary dovetails on the sidewall stock.  First, the bridge work. Bridge mortise layout The layout of the mortises for the bridge are absolutely critical to the final outcome of the plane. Variations in layout from one side to the other will […]

Towell Miter – design and layout

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The Plane – The plane for this project is going to be loosely based on a miter plane made by Robert Towell of London in the early to mid 19th century.  The original plane belongs to my friend Joel Moskowitz of Gramercy Tools and Tools for Working Wood, and I had a chance to take […]