Special Edition Rabbet Plane
12/6/12 – The handles determine the timeline for this plane. I am still waiting to hear back from the foundry for their delivery estimates. We are a small customer to them, as they usually deal with casting aerospace and wind turbine parts…Hence, the new foundry that is working on the CT-18 with us, but they are on the other end of the spectrum.
01/03/13 – I don’t have an exact date on the handle yet. We have the body cut out on a Water Jet, similar to how we did the Crowning Plane. We don’t have those back yet from the water jet facility.
01/17/13 – The handles are good to go so now the bodies can be waterjetted.
02/07/13 – I should have the handles in house next week. All other parts are getting dialed in.
02/21/13 – I got word today of a wait on the body material. They have some, but not enough for the whole job. All of the rest of the parts are good to go. I think this won’t ship until April.
03/07/13 – I modified the Body model at the last minute so that it is identical to the HP-10 and will accept future soles, like the Dovetail Soles.
03/14/13 – All The rest of the parts should kick in shortly to time with the body machining. This will ramp up very quickly.
03/21/13 – Walnut boxes are starting up. Walnut has been tracked down which is kind of a task for this size box and quantity. The Soles are cruising along as well as the other parts.
03/28/13 – First article on the body will be delivered to me on Monday. One detail I learned today about a single part on the plane: The little dovetail nut that holds the Front Sole on takes 8 minutes each to machine. Add in some time to set-up the machine, and then material prep. There is one whole day on a machine to run one little part.
04/04/13 – Here is a pic of the body. No polish, no bead blast. It is right off the machine.
I hope to get these all shipped out by the end of the month. It’ll be tight. But things are cruising now.
04/11/13 – Ok, beginning of May is more likely now. The bodies will be done, but a few of the remaining parts will be coming in last.
04/18/13 – Final bead blast on the body is happening. Hopefully I’ll be able to get the irons to the heat treater next week.
04/25/13 – Bodies go off to the polisher on Monday. The remaining parts are cranking away. The irons head off to the heat treater today. Walnut boxes are being laser engraved.
05/2/13 – Lapping the mirror polish on the irons will start next week. The handle mechanism is underway. I have 9 vendors making parts and pieces for this tool at the moment but all is going as smoothly as it could go at this point.
05/9/13 – Irons are at the lapping facility. Other parts are wrapping up. Handles are in, Soles to be completed tomorrow. Bodies are all polished up. Assembly will start soon. I need just a few more parts. Aluminum fences are in the cnc mill right now.
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