|Project by jayray||posted 05-20-2012 11:23 PM||2471 views||14 times favorited||26 comments|
Well, I haven’t had the money to go buy a planer yet… too cheap. So, I decided to settle for my best “cheap” option for jointing together a bench seat and then smoothing it. Plus, I get an excuse to try something else new. So, I bought the Ron Hock 2” blade and then stopped by the local hardwood store to see what they had for wood. Again, being cheap, I decided to glue together a bunch of hard maple out of the shorts bin in order to keep costs down. Best part was that I found a piece with some decent figure in the cheap bin. The sole, wedge, and pin is made out of Jatoba (Brazillian Cherry).
In the end, I have a very large jointer plane with a fence that can be attached. I also have a smoother plane. The block plane was eaten by the router, so we’ll see if I ever get around to fixing it and then finishing it. Both planes have adjustable soles.
I have to say, while it is a lot of work, there is something pretty cool about using a plane with a good sharp blade. It just makes it all the cooler when you made the plane from scratch yourself too. I’d like to eventually get a second blade so that I don’t have all the hassles of switching the blade between planes.