I don’t remember the order I built the rest of the planes I’ve made, so they’ll appear in no particular order.
3/4” shoulder plane. Sapele body and two-piece walnut wedge. Waterlox finish. This pic is a bit harshly lit, but it shows off some subtle figure in the sapele.
Instead of a 4-piece lamination, this was done in two pieces. I drilled out the hole for the mouth area, then cut off one cheek. Hollowed out the cavity for the iron and wedge. Fit the wedge and then glued the cheek back on.
From the rear:
And the front:
The two-piece wedge works, but it doesn’t make it any better than a single-piece wedge. Just adds complexity, so I wouldn’t do it again.
In use, it is a bit tall to comfortably hold, and I may eventually cut it down by 1/2” or so. Also wish I’d chosen to make it wider, say 1 1/4”, but it does work well trimming smaller tenons. Good excuse to make one with a wider iron.
-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design