|Project by woodworker59||posted 10-02-2013 01:23 AM||1216 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
lets start with a great big thanks to terryR who made me this wonderful mallet in last years mallet swap..It’s quickly become my favorite mallet. It was very useful in making this coffin plane. I wanted to do one, and thought I would just dress it up a little.
this was the inspiration
It’s made of cherry and maple, and unlike the amazing craftsman of the past who built the first one. I choose to use the lamination method for mine as opposed to the carve it out method they used. I have sometimes heard of this as the” Kernov “method… I don’t know who came up with it, but I like it better.. easier.. It’s bedded at 45 degrees, and uses a 1 3/4” Iron. I was sure I had some old irons laying around from previous flea markets etc.. can’t find them anywhere… must be the age… suffering from CRS.. SO I am using a iron from your standard #3 size bench plane. The bed is nice and flat and the Wedge keeps it firmly planted. From what I have been able to tell so far, it works pretty good… have not had the time to tune it right in at this writing, but was able to produce some nice cherry shavings with it..
for the plane:
Took me about three days to put this together, did a majority of the work by hand. At least whatever was possible to do. I always enjoy making tools that I can then use, it allows me a little slice of the way things used to be.. you needed a tool, you made one.. I for one would like to do more of that.. less of running to the big store on the corner for everything.. it all goes back to time.. not everyone has the time to spend to do things
by hand, or to take the time to make their own tools.. I understand..
Rambling… okay..hope ya like the plane.. if not.. well… I’ll make another.. ....Papa