|Sawing to the bed and breast lines|
|View from the back end showing layout lines|
|Closer view of the sole at the heel|
For the "real" plane I used poplar for the upper 90% of the body and maple for the sole. It's not boxwood, but the maple is pretty hard and should last a while. Both woods were in quartersawn configuration.
|Rear view showing grain configuration and overall shape|
|Paring the mortise wall with help from setup block|
|Set of brass setup blocks - these things really come in handy|
|* Not made by Lie-Nielsen|
Shaping the sole started with careful layout.
|I left the layout lines on the completed plane|
|1 1/4" total width, 1/4" wide depth stop, 1/16" quirk, 7/16" wide bead, 1/2" thick fence|
|Block in use smoothing the bead profile|
I cut the iron from a piece of 1/8" thick O-1 steel and shaped it with files. I later heat-treated it with a torch, quenched in oil and tempered in the oven.
|Hacksawed the iron from bar stock|
|Body, iron and wedge - how much simpler can it get?|
|The poplar made it easy to stamp this into the body|