The other day I was working from home, I was bummed out because I had been to busy to do much woodworking lately, so I said “Hey, standing desks are supposed to be good for your, and my “joinery bench” is about the right height, why not put my laptop on the bench?!”
If I cant woodwork, I can at least be around my tools. One thing leads to another and while on a conference call I get the bug in me to reshape this plane tote.
I’ve always disliked the shape of the tote, its not terrible but anytime you pick up a LN #62 it reminds you of how much better it could be.
First I check to see if the mounting rod has the same angel as my LN 164 which it does.
By placing the LN tote in front of the Stanley SW tote you can see where there is material to remove around the web of he thumb and the pinkie finger.
Based of of this LN reference I scratch a line around the parts I want to remove.
Following that I chop out most of the wast with a gouge.
Then some rasping. Once I had smooth curve I drew in some lay out lines, and did some more rasping, filing, and scraping (LV thin scrapers are great by the way).
I finished it off with some 3-2-1 but later added two coats of thinned out poly for more protection.
And voila! Much better!
Hope this serves as inspiration to others to give it a try, The tote now fits much better in my hand and the added forward slope is much easier on the wrist, especially on lower benches.
Thanks for looking,
-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch