|Project by NikBrown||posted 04-10-2012 04:25 PM||3304 views||13 times favorited||15 comments|
Recently a lot of the cherry I’ve been working with has had a lot of curl and figure to it. As much as I love my Stanley Type 2 #604, the 45° bedding angle just isn’t steep enough to handle highly figured hardwoods.
I wasn’t quite ready to drop a couple hundred $ on a new plane so I went with a third option. Hock Tools sells very nice and very thick blades for Krenov Style plane making. A few years ago I bought one of these blades with the plan of eventually making a small infill plane. Allas, the blade had just been gathering dust on a shelf next to the stack of steel and brass.
Having also developed an interest in Japanese style planes over the last few months I decided to make a high-angle pull plane with my Hock blade.
True Japanese planes have a tapered blade that wedges itself into the body (Dai) due to a matching taper cut into it. (if you want to see the process that goes into cutting a Dai this page over on daikudojo.org has a nice photogallery).
The hybrid plane I made may look somewhat like a Japanese plane, but it’s construction technique is based on Krenov Style plane making.
I made my high angle smoother out of quarter-sawn Wenge because I had it around, it’s DENSE, and I thought it would look cool. :D
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