|Project by PollyB||posted 08-03-2015 04:38 AM||1158 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
Turning handles in cherry, maple, walnut and (on a one-time whim) teak. Grinding tips on annealed O-1 tool steel rod, harden and temper to Rc 62. Also have scratch awls, with tapered round tip. Building a small inventory to support moving into a modest marketing effort.
Also exploring wood-bodied bench planes. Still sorting out the final design, but we’ve had good success with performance of early efforts. We’re using Hock Tools blades and cap irons, Krenov-style epoxy-laminated bodies with ~ 1/4 inch Ipe sole and cherry body. Cross pin and hammer buttons of Silicon Bronze. (The photo shows an early model with Ipe buttons.)
We are using hybrid methods, keeping costs low as user tools, not “tools-as-art” and thinking of selling for part-time (hobbiest, leisure-woodworker) and small shop professionals. Still working out the details, but so far, we are planning for prices above “Chinese” pricing and below Lie Nielsen and Veritas.
Any advice would be appreciated.
-- PollyB, On my boat