|Project by bobasaurus||posted 08-05-2015 05:24 AM||1734 views||5 times favorited||18 comments|
It has a hard maple body, jatoba sole/cheeks, and walnut knob/tote. I made the blade myself from A2 steel and did the heat treatment in my father’s kiln (here is a blog with the technique). The mouth is adjustable by loosening the knob and sliding the adjustable toe piece, allowing for heavy to fine cut adjustments. I made a stubby little tote that fits in the webbing between your thumb and pointer finger, it seems to work better than just gripping the smooth back of the plane.
I etched my logo on the blade using laser printer toner transfer to create the “resist”, then salt water electrolysis for the etching. I’ll extend my plane blade making blog someday to include the steps, but google has lots of info on the process for those interested. It’s pretty straightforward without needing a lot of equipment.
I applied two thin coats of tried and true danish oil (leaving the sole, bed, wedge, and cross pin bare for friction/wear) as the finish. It seems to take good shavings in my tests, and the blade holds an edge for a long time without showing any signs of chipping:
Here’s a neat picture from heat treating the blades:
Planes planing planes:
And here is the nice little coffin smoother I received in turn from Wally331 :
It works great in my tests so far, I’ll definitely put it to use.
Here is a full build album for this plane:
-- Allen, Colorado