Saturday, November 1, 2014

Old Woman's Tooth Router Plane



Here’s an “Old Woman’s Tooth” router plane I finished up the other day. A lot of the shopmade router planes around today are the allen wrench (Stanley style) routers. Though I think that is a really great solution, I wanted to try out the older form, the Old Woman’s Tooth. This plane uses plow plane irons and is built like a regular wooden bodied plane but with a bed angle of 70º.






I got the basic plans for this (besides the front cut-out) from the Benjamin Seaton book. I slightly adapted these for my purposes and it seems to have worked out just fine. At such a high bed angle it functions more like a scraper than a cutter but these things aren't for bulk waste removal anyway. I’m happy enough with it.




After I got everything setup right, I dyed the wood with TransTints and padded a little shellac on it. I don’t know what the wood is. Maybe you all could help me with that. I salvaged it from a mid-late 20th century child’s bed. With the finish on it looked like maple but once I planed it the wood’s green color became apparent. It is real hard like maple. My guess is that is some sort of imported Asian hardwood or something. What do you think?


9 comments:

  1. The only wood I remember having a green tint was aspen, but that is not really as hard as maple, unless it is some sort of soft maple but??? So did you buy a blank for the iron or salvage one from an old plane?
    Bill

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    1. I picked up a used one at the Tool Barn. I think it was $2.75.

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  2. More than excellent! Except for that weird thing attached to your drill bit.

    I'm finally going to have make one of these. Al Breed uses a wide high angle one to level out excavated door panels.

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    1. Yes, I occasionally find uses for that funny contraption attached to my drill bit. Not often... but occasionally.

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  3. Nice work - looks like you're using a converted metalworking lathe? Looks like a homemade tool rest?
    Over all great. Thanks

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  4. Looks great. I think I'll made something similar. Thank you.

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