|Project by Hammerthumb||posted 10-21-2013 06:31 PM||1789 views||5 times favorited||23 comments|
Here is the letter I packed with the plane I sent to JayT for the 2013 Hand Plane Swap:
Here is my attempt at a wooden jack plane. It is made of Brazilian Cherry in a traditional style. Blade bed angle is 47degrees and is a little over 14.5” long. I used a 2” Nice Ash blade. I cambered this to about a 10” radius. Sharpened to 6000grit and then stropped with green compound. I left the throat a little on the tight side as I did not know how the recipient intended to use it.
I made the handle with a 3 piece lamination. The center lamination has grain running vertical. I would hope that it would never break as the lamination makes it real strong. The handle was mortised into the body. I then shaped the handle into the body. The grip might seem a little short, but I made the plane for the pinkie finger to rest on the side of the body where it has been beveled to accommodate. I did this on both sides as I was not sure if a righty or lefty would get it. Looks balanced as well. I did not radius out the throat as I like the lines. Chip ejection does not seem to be a problem though. I made a small indentation at the front of the plane for finger grip. Never seen a plane made this way before and wanted to try it out.
I have to tell you that I gave the plane a good workout on its trial run. I flattened my bench top using it for the main portion of crosscut planning of high spots. I liked using it so much that I had started another one (got tired of giving away better tools than I have made for myself) and just need a blade to finish it off. It is very comfortable to use and I hope you like the style.
As I live in the desert, I am a little concerned with the fit of the wedge when it gets to your shop. It fits perfect right now, but I think the wood moisture content was below 6% when I made it. I recommend that you check it periodically in the first couple of weeks to see if the sole remained flat and the wedge fits. You should probably take the wedge out when not using it until it acclimates. You can re-true the sole if needs it after a few weeks also. The body is of 5 pieces of wood that I laminated (3 in the middle and the 2 sides). I think wooden planes are more stable when done this way.
The finish is dark Danish oil and 2 coats of dark paste wax that was sanded into the wood with 320grit. I finish almost all of the tools I make with oil and wax finish. They just feel right when holding them.
Please enjoy your new plane. If you have any questions or problems, please let me know.
Your LJ friend,
-- Paul, Las Vegas