|Project by RusticJohn||posted 05-29-2013 04:59 AM||1405 views||6 times favorited||12 comments|
A small block plane I have just finished. About 150 mm long by 75 mm high and about 60mm wide. It is made out of Mahogany with an Oak sole in the shape of a stylized fish. Has a bit of a Chinese look although this was not my intention. There were a couple of problems to resolve in the construction. The bottom half of the blade is much wider than the top. I wanted a nice closed in look around the top of the plane where the blade protrudes. The traditional Krenov type pin was replaced with a rather complicated cross piece with 5 joints in the space of a 50 mm length. Rather delicate cutting out but the result seems very strong as it has good glued joints.
The Mahogany was rather coarse and stringy to carve. Its not my favorite wood for carving or making planes but it does come up nicely. I always want to get the best out of the wood I have rather than seek out the ideal piece for the purpose I have in mind. After all we can’t eat cake all the time, sometimes stale toast is OK, especially if your hungry.
The plane cuts well without any serious chocking up of the shavings in the throat. I had to do a bit of shaping on the inside to get a nice flow through.
The knife is one that I made and was used on the carving of the plane. I find that when making knives, despite using exactly the same materials and processes, 1 in 10 is just a little better than the rest. I put a nice handles on and use them as my “knives of last resort”. These are a few elite tools that will cut the most difficult of wood well. I only need them occasionally but when I do they are invaluable.