|Project by RusticJohn||posted 04-03-2012 03:02 AM||2351 views||4 times favorited||13 comments|
Twelve weeks ago I cut my fingers very badly with an knife and an angle grinder. I made this plane over the last few days to celebrate getting the use of my fingers back. It is mostly made of Oak from an old Mantle Clock. I had given the wood to my students to make something of but they weren’t very interested so I thought I would show them what was lurking inside just waiting to be set free. The sole is Wenge.
I am please with the result for a number of reasons. It cuts well and true. The carvings are quite delicate with the smaller one of Netsuke size. Rather amazing that such fine detail can be obtained from a coarse grained wood like Oak. Fits nicely in my hands and runs freely over the work piece. The sole has been hollowed in front of and behind the blade in the Japanese style. The very front, bottom of the plane is at a right angle to the sole so that any shavings or dirt on the wood being worked is pushed away. A bevel on the front can cause the plane to rise up slightly over loose obstacles. The blade is angled across the body.