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Well…..I’ve wanted an infill plane for a long time. I’ve been making a lot of planes recently, so I decided that it was time to make one for myself. Oddly enough I don’t own any planes – because every time I make one, it gets sold.

I have one on the go (a Koa smoother) but it’s already got an owner (which is not me). Soooo…..here we go!

I started with the steel. This is cold rolled steel. If I had access to a milling machine and/or surface grinder, I would have gone with stainless (but sadly I do not). The little square and the brass rod to the right are for the Koa smoother.

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Lots of time was spent getting the sole made up; everything has to fit together perfectly. There is no room for error.

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It’s very satisfying to use tools you made to make other tools! Here laying out the positions for the side pins.

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I selected a nice piece of Bocote for the infill. Beautiful grain!

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Last but not least…..the Koa smoother, nearing completion. The side pins are now in; I have some final shaping to do (the top right corner is a bit high as you can see here; I wanted to make sure it cut perfectly before taking the time to work on the final shape).

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The infill is actually already cut and fitted to the sole. I don’t have pictures of that, will post some tomorrow probably when I get the chance. That’s all for now…..

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