Plane Float Progress

Its hard to believe but its been 10 months since I last blogged on my plane floats. So time to dust them off and make some progress. As some point I was at my machinist friends shop, we attempted to get some edge floats made on his shaper, unfortunately we didn’t have the right grind on the tooling so we got some tear out on the back side. This wasn’t that big of a deal for these one offs but if we are to make very many of them we will have to solve that problem.

With a little bit of cleanup I was able to salvage them, I’m confident they will work just fine for my needs. I also worked on a side float and two large cheek floats. In the picture below you can see the large cheek floats in progress, and the smaller ones completed last time in the back ground.

Large cheek floats in progress.
Large cheek floats in progress.

Previously I mentioned some of the issues with the bow shaped hack saw, well, its back and causing more problems. I ended up swapping it out for a “better” quality one. While its the most expensive I could get at my local home center, its still not great. But it is rigid and I can put quite a bit of tension on it so things seem to work much better.

Hand made plane floats.
Hand made plane floats.

Pictures above: Left most is 3/16″ push and pull edge floats, Large cheek floats, Center is a push side float, Small cheek floats, right most is 1/8″ edge floats. I still need to make a pull side float and some bed floats, but they are secondary for my initial needs.

If you haven’t used a plane float before ask around and see if you can find one to try. They are amazing! They cut fast and leave an amazingly smooth surface. Now to put them to use.

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