|The poplar prototype tote just seemed too far back|
|But you can see I have clear access to the iron with a hammer|
|The pencil is in line with the iron, showing good access to tap with the hammer|
|The front of the tote is about 1 1/2" from the back of the iron|
|Used the tote template to study the positioning.|
Pencil is lined up with iron - tote gets in the way.
|When I move the tote back enough to get clearance for adjusting the iron,|
The rear of the tote is only 1/4" from the heel of the plane (see yellow pencil)
|Here, the tote is up closer to the tote, but not in the way of a hammer|
adjusting the iron. The tote is sunk into the plane body about 5/8".
|Lots of layout lines really help to get a nice result|
|The completed shape - with cutout at bottom right to allow it to fit into a rectangular mortise|
|Here it is next to the one it's modeled after|
|Here you can see the step-down at the rear|
|Another angle shows the back of the tote is about 3/4" from the heel|
|With this tote position, I can easily reach the iron, which helps stabilize the plane|
And how does it work? Holy crap! This thing cuts like a dream. The iron is cambered to make an aggressive cut and it really flies through some wood. I got chills when using it.
Next up: using what I learned to make a try plane.