|Project by lumberjoe||posted 10-20-2014 03:57 PM||6908 views||29 times favorited||24 comments|
I use a shooting board a lot. Having had some experience with what is comfortable and reliable for me to use, I decided to build a dedicated plane.
I call this the freight train because it is chunky, heavy, and unapologetic. It’s made from yellow birch and has about 4lbs of lead from an old drift bar inside it.
I am left handed and the plane is set up as such. I like the handle toward the rear, so I put it fairly far back. I left a bit of tail on it knowing it’s fairly fragile and will likely break, but I like the aesthetic, The front is shaped so it will fit my palm and I have an area to wrap my fingers around – but still leave as much mass as possible.
The iron is really nice. A friend from the UK sent it to me. It’s an old Sorbys tapered iron. 2.5” wide and brand new. It’s never been used (“New Old Stock”) and still had the factory hollow grind. I did extend the quartersawn maple wedge down a little further than I normally do to prevent some chatter since I am not using a cap iron.
The shooting board is also a custom design. I inset some T-track and use hold downs. This lets me keep both hands on the plane and holds the work securely. I was simply going to use a holdfast, but this is better. If I need to make any adjustments to the piece I am shooting, some light taps with a dead blow are all I need. Also I can hold pieces that I am shooting the edges of.
Most of the construction was done with hand tools:
Rough cutting the laminations. The lumber mill had this marked at beech, which is fine with me because it’s half the price of Birch
The stock was prepped with the other planes I made:
Close up of the iron:
It works really well. Here are some end grain shavings from a piece of Koa:
And here is a 7.5” wide piece of pine. Dead square