Finally got a digital camera!
For a while I have wanted to make a Krenov style hand plane. I have recently been going more and more into handtools, and wanted to enjoy making the plane, as well as enjoying the feel of a tool sculpted to my hands.
I started with the book on the subject, Making and Mastering Wood Planes by David Finck. I’ve been having trouble with my lumberyard finding any decent stock, either Maple, or Beech, or anything else to the size I need. And plus, I’d like to make it out of something not of the everyday variety, ie applewood or some such. So, tooling around the Woodcraft here in town, I came across a nice thick piece of Massacar Ebony, 4×4x12. Good deal. Bought a 2 inch Hock iron and chipbreaker, now I’m all set. Took it home, used a card scraper to get off all the wax, figured I’d give it a month or two to acclimate to the shop. So 2 months later I start the milling and layout. Sorry I didn’t take any pics before I started, I didnt even think of it until I was halfway done with my first steps. So, here’s a pic after cutting the cheeks, remilling everything to the position I wanted it, and then cutting out for the iron and chip clearance.
Now I am laying out for the crosspin.
And here it is after the hole has been laid out, drilled and chamfered.
Here is the piece for the crosspin
FYI. Massacar Ebony is harrrrd! I was using my best chisels to shape the crosspin, barely shaving off a bit at a time. Tough stuff. I’ll post a pic of the finished pin tomorrow.
So at this point decided to take a break and finish it up and glue it the next day. And now’s where the problem comes in. Again just FYI, but the stuff at Woodcraft they sell in there…not dry. Not air dried. Not Kiln dried. I’ll take some pics and upload them tomorrow to give you a good idea. But when I went out to Woodcraft today, I asked them, about how wet is the wood they’re selling? oh, maybe 23-25%.
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