I’ve gone back to finishing my full set of moulding planes. It’s a lot of planes to do and I don’t have a lot of time off. So, I broke the built into stages. I’ll do one build for each plane, then another and another. As an example, two nights ago I assembled the grip covers on all the planes. Now I’m ready to cut the irons and make the wedges and I’ll do this for each plane. Then shaping and heat treating will come after that and so on. This is called the Charles Babbage theory of manufacturing. “Why build the entire shoe when you can build it in parts.” he said.
So I’ve come to the prep work of all the irons. I have to saw each iron’s width according to each plane and as I was finishing the No.2, I thought I’d check the edge squareness of the raw stock and lo-and-behold none of them were square. They are off by 3°.
Will it matter if it is off? Yes, it matters because that edge needs to sit flat against the blindside.
Ok, so why not use the opposite side? Because the opposite side is off the same degree.
I now have to file each one square when I could have avoided that if they had bothered to check their milling machines settings prior grounding it flat and not so square.
We like to think ourselves better than the rest of the world. We pride ourselves that it’s made in USA, Australia, England, France, Germany, the North Pole etc and are happy to pay the 1000% extra for it, because we want quality. But, the sad truth is we are no better than our counterparts in China, Vietnam, India, Portugal and any other manufacturing nations we lost our jobs to. We’re no better because we don’t give a rats wazoo; we don’t take pride in our work anymore. We can’t stand the sod we work for, we can’t stand the company who feeds us, we moan and groan because we have to go to work, so as a result zero effort is made. Zero effort was made in Sheffield, England that day this steel was ground.