I made this plane for the 2013 Plane Swap. It is also posted as a project, but I thought I’d give more details here.
First, I draw up a plan. Fairly simple, but it helps me work out the shaping details and sort out any conflicts with the mouth opening.
This plan shows a crosspin, but I changed my mind and went with the more traditional eared approach.
It is still a laminated construction, with the ears being glued in after the fact. A bit of a challenge getting them aligned to the iron/wedge and I ended up glueing in one at a time. This primarily had to do with only being able to get one clamp in the opening at a time, but it did result in a good fit.
It was also challenging shaping the ears after they were glued in. I can see why planemaker’s floats exist.
The body is jatoba and beech, and I laid out the slices to be a mirrored negative image along the center line. Takes a bit of thinking, particularly factoring in the kerf where the cheeks get cut and reglued. Walnut wedge and ipe sole.
First time I tried making this style of wedge, too. Have to say that it was pretty straightforward.
I found it fit into the hand exceedingly well. And having no crosspin makes for a much easier access to clear shavings. Sad to have to send it off in the swap, but it seems like it found a good home.
The Nice Ash iron (now just Nice Planes) was a good one to build a plane around. He doesn’t make this style of iron any more, having gone to a tapered double iron style.
So how did the plane match the plan? I’ll let you be the judge.
-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design