There's a shop downtown called Daiso, where everything (literally!) is AU$2.80. Some products are a little rickety, but some are perfectly solid. Especially for two-eighty.
The blades of wooden-bodied handplanes are typically adjusting by tapping them with a small hammer. It's generally thought it's better to do this with a copper-faced, or brass-faced, hammer, rather than a steel or iron hammer. If you use a steel or iron hammer, the concern is that you will eventually "mushroom over" the butt end of the blade.
So, some people buy a plane-adjusting hammer like this:
They're very pretty -- but they're not worth sixty bucks to me.
So, when I saw the funny little hammers at Daiso -- for two-eighty! -- I thought: I can turn this into a plane-adjusting hammer!
First I visited Next-Door Uncle, to get a scrap piece of copper tube. Then I drilled a hole for the handle, cut a slit for access, and cut four flaps into the future "face" end:
And another view:
I sprayed some oil on it (to facilitate the process), and jammed the copper tube onto the hammer head:
Then I used a cross-peen hammer (shown; also $2.80 from Daiso!) to fold over the flaps:
A closer view:
I actually got to use the "anvil" portion of my machinist's vice!
And, here's the completed project, in (posed) action:
It's a little "rustic" looking -- which is fine by me (I was aiming for "functional and completed", rather than "beautiful and never finishing"!). And, it works well: copper is surprisingly heavy.
As you can see, it has a red plastic handle. I roughed it up with some coarse sandpaper. No, I didn't B.L.O. it.
Also, the handtool woodworkers among you will notice that the mouth of this handplane is exceedingly large. I ground the blade with a pronounced curve (as you can see), and use it as a scrub plane.
Not including sketching out the design, and visiting N.D. Uncle, this took me an afternoon.
The best project is a completed project.
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