This is a bevel-down low angle block, bedded at 37°
This one was also an exercise in lamination. Cherry and walnut, with a white oak sole.
Finish is Waterlox and wax. It darkened the cherry considerably (and the cherry has continued to darken all on its own), so the contrast isn’t what I was originally going for.
Again, the glueup was done with UF glue. While the number of pieces would have been manageable with PVA, I didn’t feel like rushing. It took 3 separate glueups to make the blank. The first glueup was alternating layers of cherry and walnut, which was then sliced into small strips. Every other strip was reversed and then the whole thing was reglued. The tricky part was to get the checkers to line up corner to corner, and get them to say put under clamping pressure. Glueing the sole on to the blank was dead easy.
Bed angle is 37 degrees, and this time I used another iron intended for an LV low-angle block but without a chipbreaker.
The plane is a bit light. Neither cherry nor walnut are very dense, and the combination in a plane meant to trim end grain doesn’t work as well as I’d like. Not enough mass, and even with a very sharp iron, tends to chatter. A double iron would have been a good idea just for the extra mass, or making the plane out of something heavy, like jatoba.
The effect where the pieces appear to elongate as the back curves is kind of neat.
The plane feels really good in the hand, but sadly, doesn’t get as much use as I’d hoped.
-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design