|Project by Div||posted 05-15-2011 09:24 PM||2346 views||3 times favorited||29 comments|
Call me Jack…
They say all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. So I decided to play some. Thing is, when it comes to woodworking, work and play is very close in my case; same location, same tools, same materials. The only real difference lies in my mind, in my motivation….
Someone recently gave me a Pink Ivory pen blank, 20mm(3/4”) x 20mm in section. Only I’m not a pen maker, I don’t even own a lathe. What to do with such a small piece of very rare wood? The rhykenologist in me decided to make a tiny Japanese type pull plane.
The plane iron was made from an old HSS jointer knife. High Speed Steel is pretty neat stuff to use for plane irons. It doesn’t mind being overheated during the grinding process. No worries if it goes blue or even red, the heat doesn’t affect the material’s properties! Because it is pretty hard, it can chip easily though and won’t hone to an extremely keen edge. Still, it is good enough. I set the iron at 47 degrees which is a good compromise for an all round plane.
At a little over 3” long, about 5/8” wide, you can take this baby anywhere. Especially good for planing your fingernails whilst sitting in a traffic jam………
Photo #1: Side view next to my Boxwood Rabone folding ruler, the inch graduations especially for my American friends. This ruler is brand new, still in its box, never used. I bought it maybe 15 years ago from this dingy hardware store, old stock, last one on the shelf, hidden behind a lot of newer crappy items.
Photo#2: With the obligatory shavings in the mouth, especially for Dennis.
Photo#3: Another view.
Photo#4: View from behind.
Photo#5: A terrible photo but it shows the sole. Forgive!
Oh, that color is not caused by a digital devil; it really is the color of the wood. Thanks for looking; I hope it can inspire someone to make their own baby plane!
Yours in sawdust
-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."