|Project by mikewhite||posted 10-10-2013 06:54 PM||1338 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
OK. Not technically a handplane. As it turned out I actually spent more time on the blades than the body: I cut, shaped, ground, hardened, tempered, sharpened and honed. I’m pretty happy with the way the blade turned out. Shiny!
I made the body from some leftover decking that has been laying out in my father-in-laws field for at least 5 years. It was rained on, snowed on, baked, frozen and buried in the mud for all that time and is still dead straight. Richard, the LJ I sent the plane to, later told me it was Ipe. It was sort of a pain in the neck to work – especially mortising – but it should last for a long, long time. The lighter material sandwiched in between is some leftover crabapple.
The fence is more mystery wood with a piece of brass mortised in as a wearplate.
All in all a good learning experience.