I shaped the iron, heat treated, sharpened it to a razor finish and did it within two hours. Considering how long it took me the first time, experience and speed has finally kicked in.
I’m very pleased with the outcome, she’s planing and ejecting shavings like a dream. The mouth opening is 1/32″ which I’ve returned back to my original idea and not intentionally but just by accident. Still it allowed thick enough shavings to go through without clogging. All that’s left to do now is to put a couple of coats of finish and use that as the mother plane for the hollow.
I found a neat little trick to shaping the iron, initially I shaped the iron on a grinder keeping it at 90° but the bevel I did with a file, just like our ancestors did and with all their plane irons to re establish their bevel . If I used the grinder to establish a 25° bevel and refine the shape I would’ve taken too much from one side or the other. With a file I took small amounts resulting in a more controlled shaping process. The grinder hogs off a lot of material throwing you off everytime until you get it right, but that is time consuming. The file seems like a slower process but it actually took me 20 -30 mins probably less to do it, that’s a saving of 2 hours work.
I could of given up considering how long I’ve been at it but I didn’t. Hard work, persistence, obsession is the key to success, nothing comes easy.