I was wondering how you finish your shop made planes?The blade is set at 70 degrees but you can go is high as 90.I wanted to see if it would work without a blade deflector.The woods used are purple hart for the sole.Pudauk on top of that(will see how straight it will stay ).Red oak for the sides an frog. The front Handle nob is a cut off from a Louisville slugger bat.My Friend went to the factory and brought a couple back for me.so I’m guessing Ash.The handle is walnut and pine.
I tried it on a Redwood fence board real rough and a piece of re-sawn purple hart. The blade is a peace of.180 stainless.
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