I had volunteered to be do a pole lathe demo for my
daughter's third grade class and I thought it would be nice
to give some memento to each of the kids, but I'm not nearly
fast enough nor skilled enough to make anything like that on
the pole lathe. All I can do is make shavings, and what good
are they, they're just detritus. But there is one kind of
shaving where the shaving is the intended result, rather
than a by-product: spills.
I found this article by Herb Kean for inspiration:
There's not a lot of construction detail there, but for
someone who builds a lot of Roy Underhill inspired stuff,
there doesn't have to be. I'm documenting this after the
construction, so you will have to bear with me, and use your
imagination for some parts of the process.
You will need some 3/4 stock for the fences, and some 6 to 8
quarter for the plane body. Mine was 8/4 beech planed down
to about 7/4. Some more scrap for a wedge, a plane iron (I
used a #3 sized iron, which provides barely enough width to
handle 3/4 stock) and some screws.
Square up the stock for the body, and then select your
reference corner. This is where your face edge and face side
meet. Set a bevel to about 55 or 60 degrees (I used 55) and
strike a line across the stock. This is one side of the
Lay the iron along this line, and mark the other side of
the bed. While you're at it, trace across the cutting edge
Now strike a line from the reference corner across the
end of the stock. This should be between 10 and 12 degrees,
for the wedge.
I used a pencil gage and a square to take the end of the
wedge line across the offside edge. Now you can mark off the
waste you need to remove for the bed.