I’ve been tossing around the idea of making a wooden plane for a while, and this weekend decided to start it. I’m following the basic plan described by David Marks on his show Wood Works.
I bought a Hock iron at Hardwick's Hardware—it was their last one, the display model. This seemed like a good project excuse to get a new tool, so I went to Rockler to look at jig saws. They don’t have any (aside from the $300 Festools), but I did find a good piece of wood. It was in the “oversize” turning blanks section, without a tag. I have no idea what wood it is, but it is very very heavy.
So here’s the wood before I start working with it. I scraped the wax off and jointed the faces and sides…
-- 10 fingers, 2 eyes, and healthy lungs. for now. :P