|Project by harum||posted 09-01-2016 03:51 AM||805 views||6 times favorited||10 comments|
This is my first attempt at a Krenov-style plane, “the cabinetmaker’s violin”. The body of this smoother is made of african padauk; satine wood is selected for the sole because of its hardness. The wedge and the cross-pin are walnut; the extra wedge is mahogany. A 8/4 stock of padauk was face-laminated to make a 4” wide block. I used David Finck’s article in FWW (Feb 2008, No.196) as a reference and for useful tips. I also made a plane adjusting hammer with a block of cocobolo and a 5/8” round brass bar.
Without access to a band saw, I made all the cuts on a table saw followed, if necessary, by a clean-up with a jointer plane. I found that with a properly adjusted table saw and a good blade one can cut perfectly square and flat plane cheeks, front and rear blocks that don’t need any touch-up with a plane.
I also did rough shaping of the plane and the hammer on the table saw: the key is to keep the edges uncut until everything in between is cleaned out so that the piece can be held square in the cross-cut sled. Worked out fine!
Dimensions are: 10-1/4”L x 2”H (in the middle) x 2-3/4”W. The Hock blade is 2” x 3-1/2”. The hammer is 9” long. The finish is couple of coats of blond shellac on the body of the plane.
After quick honing of the blade and tweaking the blade adjustment the plane gave paper-thin shavings. Looks like it’s a keeper.
-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."