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27 Jun

I knew that making and fitting the wooden frog, tote and bun wouldn’t be a problem.

I didn’t know how to size the bevels at first, so I started small and then sent photos to Gerd.

He told me to make them wider; eventually I settled on bevels that ran the full length and thickness of each side of every dovetail (Photo 4).

But after a good night’s sleep, I went back to the shop with renewed confidence.

Using a straightedge and feeler gauge, I determined that my hammering had left the sole with an end-to-end arc that bowed .030" at the midpoint.

My concern was the metalworking, as the sole and sides of an infill plane are dovetailed together and cold forged.

While trying to think my way through each of the project’s metal-working processes, I sent questions—56 by actual count—to Gerd, each of which he patiently answered.

Even drilling the six rivet holes through their bushings was a challenge that stretched out over most of a day, because I struggled to find a workable method (Photo 9).

And it wasn’t until I drilled the last hole that I felt like I knew what I was doing.

I also had to make a wooden buck to support the shell during the hammering process (Photo 5).

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