|Project by RusticJohn||posted 04-27-2012 05:39 AM||1764 views||4 times favorited||18 comments|
I must be getting a bit particular in my old age but I just can’t seem to find a commercial plane that performs the way I think it should. I have had several Stanley 78s over the years and none of them cut nice clean rebates (rabbets in the US). Seems to me to be a problem of a plane doing lots of things but none of them well.
My answer is this plane that only cuts one size rebate and nothing else. I probably only cut about three different sizes anyway. It based on the traditional Japanese plane but much more comfortable to use. Made of Ash with a European Beech sole. I only used these as my son gave me some offcuts from his work. However both have worked very well. The frog carving is just the icing on the cake. Slowly getting a little more bold in the extent of the carving and the way it wraps around the body of the wood.
There is a fine line with the carving as I want the plane to be ornate but useable. Its prime function is to work and not just look good. I also want the carving to blend with the plane and not take over in a Baroque like style. The plane will take some knocks over the years but this is OK. The chips and dents will add to the old craftsman’s tool look.
I was surprised to see how effective the side blade is as it really pulls the main blade into the shoulder of the work piece. I get a lovely, clean right angled joint that is straight up and straight across, and at right angles. Not like other planes which seem to creep the cut a little on each planing stroke.
A good result that will be the basis of a couple more. Next time I will move the main blade and the side blade more towards the back so my front hand is not so crowded when holding it.