|Project by RusticJohn||posted 05-17-2013 05:21 AM||1374 views||3 times favorited||10 comments|
I have decided I only need two or three groove sizes for all of my woodworking so a plane with a fixed fence and cutting depth works well for me. This one is based on the Japanese style with the two knickers projecting up from the body near the front and the main blade towards the rear. Needs to be pulled rather than pushed. The shape of the frog is based on a Vietnamese garden sculpture I saw while traveling.
I try to keep some consistency in the look and feel of each of the various plane types that I make. This series will all have a different frog carved into the front. It is a working plane so its not feasible to go mad with the design and add a lot of intricate detail. The tool has to be able to take the knocks and be comfortable to hold. Consequently I have gone for a stylized creature that looks somewhat like the real thing but will be sturdy. It had the seal of endorsement from my two little Granddaughters who refuse to look at the frog because they think it is too ugly. I told them that it would turn into a Prince if kissed but they are much too clever to fall for that old chestnut.
The wood is Jarrah, I made the blades and also all the tools to do the carving. Everything was done with hand tools.