|First Scrub Plane Shavings|
One area that was a little vague to me was to determine where to locate the 1/2" dowel in the body of the plane. Krenov's book and Hock's plan showed it to be 1 1/4" from the bottom. Here's how I solved this:
By first "nibbling" the Purple Heart sole with a smaller chisel it was easier to use the long paring chisel to set the angle. This had to be as close to perfection as I could get so the blade would have a good, flat surface to bed on.
To remedy that the plane was clamped upside-down and then I carefully chiseled the front of the mouth larger. Similar to chiseling out a mortise for a hinge but the Walnut block had end grain which I didn't want to split through. As the first picture showed it all worked. Looking forward to working the shape of the plane so that it will fit my hand when I use it. That's the next step in this process.