MaFe hand jointer - for small parts

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MaFe hand jointer
for small parts.

The other day I were buying some tools from the fine-tools.com, I saw Veritas had made a jig, that made it possible to use their rabbet plane, as a small hand jointer. I don’t have a Veritas rabbet plane, but I do have a beautiful old Record 311, so the rest was just two hours at the workshop, making up a MaFe version for this.

I often make small boxes and especially on these projects, I could use a way to make some perfectly squared up adjustments, on the pieces. Also I just made small planing and shooting boards, so this would complete the setup.

This is what we will be making, a small hand jointer, to put in the workbench vice.


First up was drawing a sketch and do some thinking.


The 311’s shape is scratched onto 5 mm acrylic.


Roughly cut to shape on the bandsaw.


Sanded close to the lines, with the Ozzy.


Adjusted with files.


Until a fair fit is achieved.


Not going for perfect, just a fair amount of contact points.


A fence is made from 5 mm acrylic.


I had some scrap quality plywood, so this was cut to size.


Holes and countersink – plenty.


Like so.


Made a small cut out for the blade, and a hole to show me where it is.


All screwed in place.


So the 311 is held firmly in place.

Here also marking a hole, just over the blade, inside the plane.


Drilling a 6 mm hole.


So a bolt can be mounted, with a washer and a wing nut on top.


Finally a strip of plywood, is mounted under, just glue and brat nails.


We got a hand jointer!


Check for square, here it was perfect.


The test, using a small piece of mahogany.


Ran it over the jointer.


Fine shavings.


Perfect surface, even the photo is a wee out of focus.


Backside.


Writing notes, so I can remember what it is.
(I’m getting older – laughs).
That’s it a MaFe style hand jointer.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or even some fine small parts.

Best thoughts,

MaFe

MaFe vintage architect and fanatical rhykenologist.

Great looking tool. And, a fine bit of engineering. 

Wood is good