|Project by lateralus819||posted 11-02-2013 10:43 PM||1530 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
So I had a blast making the plane for the swap. During so, i was modeling a jointer. I knew i had to make it for myself. Here is the culmination of 2 months roughly on off work.
Curly quartersawn maple for the center, mahogany stripes (these were needed to create a big enough space for the blade. Otherwise, i would have covered that beautiful figure with the sides) curly maple for the sides, and mahogany for the wedge and hand “handle” I guess it could be called. It was designed to hold it right near the butt end, the end looks like a lip on a car, and it feels AWESOME. wasn’t expecting that. It truly is very comfortable to use.
Mahogany fence, maple banding. Brass thumb screws from Mcmaster.
This was a joy to build, Had to put it on hold for a few weeks due to having to move, but I’m glad it is finished. Oh, it has a nice ash blade that i had ordered during the swap as well, thanks Rhett! I have tested it, i won’t for a while use it, I’m putting it in an art show at work as well as with my ring box from my wedding.
I’ll be making 2 smoothers soon too hopefully, a 45 and 55 degree.
Finish is two coats of Minwax tung oil finish.
The worst part about this was the fence, and making sure the rabbet i had to rout out was exactly 90. Since i don’t have a rabbet plane it had to be spot on. Luckily it was. The banding got a little off in the corners, but nothing i can do now!
To be honest, i don’t know that I’ll ever use it, I figure it would be more suited as a piece of furniture/art. yada yada. Onto the pics.
Thanks for looking and enjoy.
-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin