I'm not an expert on wooden planes. Most of the woodies I've used are ones that I've made. I know there are MANY different wooden plane geometries out there. I'll write about one aspect that you may not know about until you've studied these planes.
To do this I'll first show in sketches a sequence in making a wooden plane.
|First, the bed, breast, wear and abutment lines are laid out on the plane blank (toe at left)|
|... and those lines are continued across the top (and also the sole)|
|And here's a birds-eye view|
|Abutment recesses formed|
To aid in removing shavings from the throat, some wood is chiseled away forward of the abutments.
|Throat widened towards front|
|Arrows show locations of the "eyes"|
|Wedge and irons added to the picture|
|And here is a zoomed-in view of the area near the "3"|
|You can see the tapered ends better in this solo sketch of a wedge|
|Some material below the "3" removed to match the taper of the wedge fork|
In the following picture, hopefully you can see the area that was removed just forward of the tapered part of the end of the wedge.
|The shadowy area down in the throat is what I'm describing|
Next week I'll post about making two wooden smoothing planes - a prototype and the real deal.