When I deepened the recess on the set of poor man’s rebate planes to accept a 5/8 inch bench chisel, the initial 1/2 inch wedge for the right-hand version became useless. This presented two issues: (a) the bed angle itself was sized against the old wedge, so the new wedge must be custom fit; and (b) there had to be an easier way to get the correct bevel than just starting from a four square blank and planing down.
In addition, there was the problem of not having any 5/8 stock, but I fortunately had enough remaining quarter-sawn red oak to resaw some wedge blanks. Plus, the waste from the resaw, at just over 1/2 thick, is probably usable for something else.
The initial recess was marked against a 1:4.5 angled wedge (as recommended in the Paul Seller’s video), but after all the trimming and refinement of the bed, I think it’s now closer to 1:4. Also, I tried marking the actual bevel angle directly on the blank and rip down along that bevel. This gave me matching right and left wedges (for the matching right-hand and left-hand planes) that need less work overall in refining the fit.
I’m excited to finish up the fence and put the right-hand plane to work (after I figure out the best way to attach the scoring spur). I might even buy a second 5/8 inch Narex chisel so I don’t need to swap back and forth once the left-hand plane is done, but we’ll see. Here’s hoping using quarter-sawn hardwood will increase the longevity of the planes.
All in all, it’s been a good exercise, and very enjoyable learning basic plane-making. I’m certain the left-hand version will come out even better than the right.