|Project by RS Woodworks||posted 10-09-2013 05:45 AM||3531 views||14 times favorited||17 comments|
Here’s a little (big) smoothing plane I made recently. I wanted a nice high angle wooden smoother for tougher woods, and here is what I came up with.
It is made of birch, kingwood, and sports a 3/8” thick ipe sole. The wedge is also kingwood, and like the front top edges of the sides, has just a touch of sapwood that kinda blends nicely with the birch. The strike button is also kingwood.
The blade is a vintage Scottish made iron, marked “Carrick & Craig, Glasgow”. At a full 1/4” thick at the business end (tapered), I chose to go without a cap iron. The blade sits at 57 degrees and with a slight backbevel, has an effective cutting angle of about 58 degrees. The mouth is not quite as tight as I would like for a fine smoother, but it handled the curly cherry and birdseye maple I threw at it without blinking an eye. No tearout at all.
Overall I’m very happy with this plane and will likely make a matching block plane to go with it.
This one is 9 3/4” long, 2 5/8” wide, with a 2 1/8” wide iron. It’s quite hefty for a woody, I’m guessing about 3.5lbs or so.
As you can see, it left the BE maple glassy smooth!
Thanks for looking. As always, comments / questions / critique welcome.
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