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Small Smoother

10-14-11

I have decided to try my hand at a small infill smoothing plane.  I found a design I liked at Brese Plane.  His small smoother looked like just the thing.  I ordering materials and started a CAD drawing to get the layout for a mock-up to be built from wood.








This is the initial mock-up.  I cut in the dovetails to see how the spacing would work.  I also did the tongue and groove joint at the mouth opening as if this were the final project.  If anything was not going to fit, I wanted to find out at this stage.















It looked a lot like the original but something was not quite right.   I made a real blade and was able to do some planing with it but no matter how much tweaking I did on the shape, it just wasn't comfortable in my hand.









I have done additional modifications, not pictured here, but I still don't like the way it feels.  This is going to require a major redesign on my part.  I can't change the overall size since that would create a waste of material.  I may try shortening the length of the sides while leaving the length of the sole.  By doing this I hope to create a more curved back end.  I have some East Indian rosewood for the infills.  If it is large enough I may try to eliminate the flat section on the top too. 

I have some other projects that need to be finished before I continue with this so I will post more as things develop.

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