The easy way to build a Block Plane from a Plane Kit
It is very easy to komplete a wonderfull plane from a plane kit. This are the main parts of which the kit is consisting off.
At first the tails of the side plates are very tight inserted in the sole by filing. After that a small angle is filed at the tails. Check wether all parts match perfect together.
The gap between the tails and the sole will be closed by peening the overhang of the sole in this opening.
To do that a peening block is prepared. The peening block is composed from a piece of hard wood, two steel plates screwed on, a clamp and two screws to ceep all things together. This peening block is now clamped in a machinist vise.
At first the gaps are closed by peening with a rounded chisel from the sides.
Now the slot on the sole is closed.
At last the pins are peened in the small slits on the sole.
The shell can now be filed and sanded as well as the wood parts are treated with rasps and sand paper to the final shape. At least the wood is oiled with Danish Oil or a similar product.
Isn’t it a nice looking plane, and it is working perfect.
Here it is with one of his greater brothers.