Where’s there’s a will there’s a way and these pictures simply proves it. When you set your mind on a task you can achieve whatever you want.
I hope these pictures bring clarification to my previous post, you can see by removing metal from the top and bottom I was able to bend it without any bulge on the back. The iron now goes all the way into the body of the plane and when extended almost reaches 2″ without flex. This length like I said before will be rarely needed in your normal joinery but if you’re going to produce a moulding plane with 2″ wide sole and you’re going to employ this French build method then you will need an iron of this length.
Next Thursday is my day off work again and I will be heat treating this iron, I am making recordings of the build so stay tuned for those. I think I will replace my own 1/8″ width blade with this one but so far it hasn’t really caused me any concerns and I have dedicated too much time to this build. I really want to get to building these moulding planes so I can move on to building myself a bench. Would you believe it I still haven’t decided on the type of vices I’m going to use. Unbelievable, there is just so many to choose from and I want this bench to be the last bench I’ll ever build so it must do everything I want it to do.