talkFestool  

Go Back   talkFestool > Manufacturers & Vendors of Fine Tools > Marcou Planes

Marcou Planes "Owning a Marcou is like owning a Jaguar. You might not need one to get to work every day, but its beauty and performance make you lust wildly for it." Christopher Schwarz - editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #21 (permalink)  
Old 09-30-2011, 11:03 AM
Philip Marcou's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 524
Send a message via Skype™ to Philip Marcou
Default Re: Sundry Items

Quote:
Originally Posted by Poto View Post
Unfortunately there seems to be something wrong with your attachments, Philip. The kitties came through fine, but your nuclear-grade planes give only errors.
Strange: they open up on mine and I would like to know how that happens. Anyway, I have re-posted those pictures.
__________________
Philip Marcou
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #22 (permalink)  
Old 10-01-2011, 06:52 AM
Philip Marcou's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 524
Send a message via Skype™ to Philip Marcou
Default Re: Sundry Items

Adjuster pegs which fit into the holes on Veritas blades must also fit the blades I make, so that the blades are interchangeable
sundry-items-p9300006.jpg.
I turn them from square bar which I first surface grind true and square then mount in the four jaw independent chuck with the help of a clock gauge to centralise .
sundry-items-p9300003.jpg and the peg diameter needs to be within the range 6.350mm to 6.357mm so that it fits mine best but also fits the Veritas.
sundry-items-p9300001.jpg
I ream the blade holes to 1/4inch -but the ream is a loose fit in Veritas blades most of the time meaning that the holes are slightly larger than 1/4inch.The same ream is a tight fit in my blades.
Why the fixation over a good fit? Because sloppiness here results in lost motion (back lash) in the adjuster. The other area with potential for inducing back lash is the adjuster thread-and I can virtually eliminate that by partially turning the 36tpi thread and finishing with a guided high quality adjustable die (imported from England at great expense). I want to see a custom made plane with less back lash or a more silky smooth action than mine.....
__________________
Philip Marcou

Last edited by Philip Marcou; 10-01-2011 at 12:28 PM.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #23 (permalink)  
Old 10-10-2011, 05:39 AM
Philip Marcou's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 524
Send a message via Skype™ to Philip Marcou
Default Re: Sundry Items

Another S20A comes to life..... My Rhodesian Teak is all but finished so if anybody out there is teetering on the edge of decision now is the time for action.
Here are comments on the final assembly ritual:-
I use shim stock strips of .01mm (half-a-thou) thickness as a back up check that the sole is reasonably flat. If anything the sole may be slightly concave and it can be detected wherever the shim stock pulls out with less resistance. On occasion the plane may go back to the surface grinder and I skim at most another 1thou off.
I usually "sign" the work under the knob base , using an engraver.
I use CRC "Soft Seal" on the knob post and the handle bolt to protect against rust .
The brass handle base is fixed to the sole with five screws and Lock Tite.
The adjuster unit is also treated with Lock Tite and the threads and peg head get either Copper Molyslip grease or that Nickel base grease which is Nuclear Grade : excellent stuff and I have used it on many things such as exhaust manifold bolts . Now you know how I get that super smooth silky action on the adjuster.....
Attached Thumbnails
sundry-items-pa100003.jpg   sundry-items-pa100004.jpg   sundry-items-pa100005.jpg   sundry-items-pa100015.jpg   sundry-items-pa100016.jpg  

sundry-items-pa100013.jpg   sundry-items-pa100014.jpg   sundry-items-pa100021.jpg   sundry-items-pa100025.jpg   sundry-items-pa100017.jpg  

__________________
Philip Marcou
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #24 (permalink)  
Old 10-10-2011, 10:13 PM
Chris's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Hamilton, NZ
Posts: 149
Default Re: Sundry Items

Phillip, please stop posting photos of your art works. I'm beginning to hear that voice in my head: "Need one of those, need one of those"
Perhaps you could use a cheaper camera so as not to show those nuclear grade mitres in all their glory so well.
Oh, and, ahhh...you don't have a block plane on the drawing board perchance?
I really do need one of those.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #25 (permalink)  
Old 10-11-2011, 07:31 AM
Philip Marcou's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 524
Send a message via Skype™ to Philip Marcou
Default Re: Sundry Items

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chris View Post
Phillip, please stop posting photos of your art works. I'm beginning to hear that voice in my head: "Need one of those, need one of those"
Perhaps you could use a cheaper camera so as not to show those nuclear grade mitres in all their glory so well.
Oh, and, ahhh...you don't have a block plane on the drawing board perchance?
I really do need one of those.
Chris, I confirm that you do need an S20A or J20A, preferably both- absolutely essential to your well being.Don't dilly dally, Christmas is just around the corner and my stock of prime Rhodesian Teak is all but finished.
If you define a block plane as a plane with blade bevel up then it is a simple matter for you to satisfy that deep craving once and for all, as the aforementioned planes are bevel up, as are the M12 and S15A too.
If your vision of a block plane is something along the lines of a #220 then I have no plans to make that type as Lie Nielsen and Veritas mass produce satisfactory versions , especially those with skew blade.
However I do have plans to make a less expensive plane having no adjuster and about the size of an S55A, if I finish the present orders and find that there are no orders on hand. It will be legendary in its own right, as usual
Meanwhile, prepare to feast your eyes upon the next M12 which is about to be assembled.....
__________________
Philip Marcou
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #26 (permalink)  
Old 10-11-2011, 09:48 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 151
Default Re: Sundry Items

Philip, I have heard of a 'trick' from an old (80's) friend of mine who was a ships cabinetmaker. He said that some of the new guys in the shipyard used a thin layer of epoxy under their handles which gave them a very good seat onto the metal but did not 'stick' to the metal. I am not sure if they put some glad-wrap or the like under it, but it sounds like not a bad way to get a good registration between the tote, knob and body.

Ever heard of this? I am thinking of giving it a go to tame an old Sargent 4-1/2 I have.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #27 (permalink)  
Old 10-11-2011, 10:28 AM
Philip Marcou's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 524
Send a message via Skype™ to Philip Marcou
Default Re: Sundry Items

Quote:
Originally Posted by Groggy View Post
Philip, I have heard of a 'trick' from an old (80's) friend of mine who was a ships cabinetmaker. He said that some of the new guys in the shipyard used a thin layer of epoxy under their handles which gave them a very good seat onto the metal but did not 'stick' to the metal. I am not sure if they put some glad-wrap or the like under it, but it sounds like not a bad way to get a good registration between the tote, knob and body.

Ever heard of this? I am thinking of giving it a go to tame an old Sargent 4-1/2 I have.
Groggy, what is the problem with your Sargent? Epoxy will certainly fill and level gaps etc that you might get when the casting is not smooth, or if the tote won't sit flat because of hole mis-alignment/incorrect angle.
But then again a file and scraper will sort out the casting base and another plane/sanding block would sort out the tote bottom. Maybe the ship only had one plane and no files or scrapers.
Epoxy is often good for a quick and ugly fix- I know someone who filled one of his teeth with it (he had to find another dentist).
__________________
Philip Marcou
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #28 (permalink)  
Old 10-11-2011, 01:32 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 151
Default

The Sargent is a problem child of mine. I have seated the frog quite well, even used machinist blue to make sure it seats evenly, but it does not feel right in use. It cuts ok but I can feel a 'grittiness' when cutting that makes me want to just put it down.

The tote is a little slack and needs a repair near the top as a split has almost travelled through the thumb recess. The tote also feels like it rocks on it's seat during use.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #29 (permalink)  
Old 10-12-2011, 07:09 AM
Philip Marcou's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 524
Send a message via Skype™ to Philip Marcou
Default Re: Sundry Items

Quote:
Originally Posted by Groggy View Post
The Sargent is a problem child of mine. I have seated the frog quite well, even used machinist blue to make sure it seats evenly, but it does not feel right in use. It cuts ok but I can feel a 'grittiness' when cutting that makes me want to just put it down.

The tote is a little slack and needs a repair near the top as a split has almost travelled through the thumb recess. The tote also feels like it rocks on it's seat during use.
You should have got one of these : (guaranteed Grit Free) See here: https://picasaweb.google.com/philipm...urbishedPlanes
__________________
Philip Marcou
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #30 (permalink)  
Old 10-12-2011, 07:18 AM
Philip Marcou's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 524
Send a message via Skype™ to Philip Marcou
Default Re: Sundry Items

An M12 is taking shape. The bed is attached then both the ramp and the bed get about 4 thou milled off to make sure they are co-planar. After this the sides get drilled for the cross pin then it can be assembled.
Attached Thumbnails
sundry-items-pict1990.jpg   sundry-items-pict1992.jpg  
__________________
Philip Marcou
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 04:07 AM.