This one was an exercise in lamination.
6 primary species of wood – western maple, red oak, sapele, cherry, birch and walnut. Two pieces of each species, each piece at a different thickness, and some random veneer thrown in between each primary wood piece, for a total of 23 layers. The sole is white oak.
Glue is urea formaldehyde, so I could glue it up in one go. Didn’t think I could get it done with PVA.
The bed is 45 degrees, and was my first double iron plane. I somehow acquired an iron for the Lee Valley low-angle block, and decided to build a wooden plane around it. However, at 1/8” thick, I felt the iron was too thin to be on its own. I ordered a Stanley replacement cap iron from LV, and had to take a dremel to the slot in the iron to make them work together. The cap is about 1/16” wider than the iron, but that overhang doesn’t seem to interfere with the operation of the plane.
This is my go-to block plane. The weight is perfect, the iron holds an edge considerably longer than it should, and adjustments are surprisingly precise. (Perhaps due to the rigidity of the UF glue?)
-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design