while back I got an early plow plane. It
exhibits some characteristics of 18th century
English plows, but it was unusable.
I wanted to be able to use that
style of plow. So I made one to fit my full set of Ohio Tool
I started with some air-dried
walnut that I got from a local farmer. He sells through one
of the antique malls. Split out the body (easier than
sawing) and planed it flat and square. I copied the layout
from the example plow and drew it on the body.
A few minutes with a 1/2"
center bit, a 3/8" shell bit and some chisels got me here:
After finishing off the body, I
worked on the fence. I don't have any pics in progress, but
here is a shot of the arms and the still-square fence in
place on the body.
I then molded the fence,
copying the model. The ovolo was carved with a paring gouge
and then smoothed with a round plane.
The rabbets were cut
with my Huntsman Late Moon fillister plane and smoothed with
my LN shoulder plane.
I then started on the skate. I
didn't have any steel of the proper width, but I did have
some nice copper plate.
One of my favorite things about
woodworking is using non-traditional materials in
traditional projects. So I used it to make the skate and the
washers for the arm rivets.