|Project by richgreer||posted 11-29-2010 07:07 PM||3251 views||3 times favorited||24 comments|
I’ve recently developed an interest in hand tools and hand planes in particular. I’ve purchased a few used hand planes including a very old one that is made of wood. Then I said, “I can do that” and I did.
I bought the iron from Hock tools (www.hocktools.com) and my “plan” consisted of looking at pictures online. Without an actual plan, the only real challenge was the correct placement of the crosspiece that the wedge fits under. A cheap mockup using a 2×4 helped me find the correct placement.
The primary wood is leopard wood (often confused with lace wood). The “plate” on the bottom is ligum vitae. The wedge and the crosspiece are bubinga.
This plane is not just a “pretty face”. It really works and it works well.
As an FYI, I have ordered the iron for a shoulder plane and I am looking forward to making my own shoulder plane.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.