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Blog entry by Philip Edwards posted 04-07-2007 10:29 PM 1457 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Folks
Been a tough few days – my daughter has been ill. That means four sleepless nights. Yes, I am a little rattled (and Mrs Philly is exhausted too) Hopefully, the little one will be back on her feet soon. Hate to have to eat all those chocolate eggs…...... ;)
Now, I did grab the odd moment in the ‘shop. And this is what I came up with – a coffin smoother.
Named due to the curved shape of its body, not its purpose, it is very comfortable to hold and the timber (Pau Rosa) is very heavy. Perfect!
I’m pretty happy with this plane – it feels like I’m making progress. The smoothing plane is a bit of a holy grail of hand planes. A tight mouth and sharp iron are only part of the story. Feel. How it feels to hold and how it feels in use. The feedback it gives.
I immediately had the thought to make another one with a tote. But using the coffin smoother tells me it just isn’t needed. The lack of a handle allows you to hold it in many ways – there is no rigid “you hold it like this” technique, just a tool that can be used the best way for the purpose in hand. Kind of reminds me of Jim Krenov’s planes – he made a similar point about not having a tote.
So what next?? Guess I should do some woodwork? Mind you – there’s always a plough. Or a panel raiser, or chamfer plane, etc, etc, etc….... :)
have a good weekend,
Phil



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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 04-07-2007 11:00 PM

look at those ribbons!!!

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#2 posted 04-07-2007 11:04 PM

That is one beautiful plane Phil. Good thing I do not live closer, I would be begging for one….

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 04-07-2007 11:31 PM

Great looking Plane Phil. Do you purchase your plane irons by the gross.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#4 posted 04-07-2007 11:33 PM

Phil, have you ever used IPE wood for your soles? The fellow that I have bought planes from in the past uses it because it has a naturally oily surface and it lets the plane side easier. Very nice plane!!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Philip Edwards

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#5 posted 04-08-2007 11:53 AM

Thanks Folks! The timber sure is pretty – it is very dense stuff, interesting to work.
The plane irons I make myself from tool steel – pretty cheap to buy (especially the way I’ve been making planes recently!!)
Rog, Ipe is difficult to get hold of in my part of the world. I always have my eyes open for interesting timbers, though.
Cheers
Phil

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