|Project by Byron||posted 06-03-2012 05:58 PM||3855 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
I had already made a curved sole hand-plane but did so very poorly. So when I needed a compass plane, with curves along both axis of the plane, I decided to remake the first curved one as well. I had some scrap bubinga and curly maple laying around so I had motivation to make them look a little nice as well. To curve the soles I simply used my #3 hand plane, hence the title, and followed up by a very quick sanding with a block the same radius curve of the blade when held at the correct angle.
The profiles are band-sawn then shaped with rasps and sanded. Also I used my smoothing plane to leave a nice finished surface on all the flats instead of sanding. I followed up with some light coats of shellac just to protect it more then raw wood and waxed the bottom. (I did not put any finish where the blade goes)
The wedges are made out of bubinga and the blade is a Hock.
-- Byron Conn, Woodworking/Furniture Design at Rochester Institute of Technology, http://byronconn.com