So, armed with my doodle from his notes, I'm off to gather the materials while I do some errands.
My doodle CAD V1.0
I did not get to start it until much later in the evening, but still should be able to finish it.
Gather materials, check.
Try a few irons for sizes, check.
Rip to width on my new saw bench, using a holdfast.
I'm using a Disston No D8 5TPI Rip.
Left the line.
Shot the edge with a Record No 4 SS.
Same plane I used to do the faces.
Then I shot one end on the shooting board with my Veritas Low Angle jack plane. I like the heft of that plane for shooting.
The 3/8 slot for the iron's tang was then plowed with my Veritas small plow, which I set for 1/2 from the fence and 1/8 deep, using my Veritas set block. This is one place where using set up blocks is a lot faster and easier than trying to measure it.
After this, I did a quick check for the blade fit, and decided to try a few more. that's when I ran into troubles, the 2 other I picked had a much wider tang than my groove.
OK, no biggie, I just have to change the iron re-adjust my plane (fence and depth) and recut the groove. But by then I got thirsty, so I figured its a good enough place to stop, while I reconsider this jig.
Should I make one size fit all, or should I make two? At any rate, I better round up my planes and do some checking.
This is where I stopped. Board is flat both sides, to width and still need to be cut to length.
The groove is cut but may need to redo (?)
I notice also that my irons in the two planes I used tonite are starting to leave some small scratches. They are due for sharpening, another distraction away from this quick (?) project.