|Project by RusticJohn||posted 04-01-2015 10:19 PM||2149 views||2 times favorited||15 comments|
Still making planes. This is my version of a Viking plane shown by Robin Wood on the Internet. It is somewhat similar to his but, as is my way, I couldn’t help putting some ornate touches in. I also made the blade with the help of a mate.
Oak from a piano was used for the body and wedge. When I got the wood it had a beautiful figured grain on the surface. Much to my surprise this turned out to be an oak veneer on oak. Fortunately the underlying wood was quite attractive and very heavy. Must have been a very slow growing tree originally. The blade is made from O1 steel with all the usual heat treatment. The construction was a bit of a mission as I departed from my usual Krenov method and went for a more traditional hollowed our approach, albeit with two halves of wood. The design is partly based on the original version and partly on my ideas about what a Viking woodworker might traditionally incorporate into the plane.
It is not the most comfortable plane to use as the raised tail and the bent back blade jam the hand into an uncomfortable holding position. However it does cut well and will make an interesting demonstration tool. I did have to do quite a bit of tuning to get it to cut well. In the beginning the shavings jammed badly and a lotl of adjustment to the throat and wedge was require to get a good clearing process.
The plane was made so I could have an understanding of the way a Viking could use and feel the plane. I was reaching back through the centuries to see if I could reproduce the experience of an ancient craftsman. Probably won’t make another like this but might try a Roman or medieval European one.