|Project by shipwright||posted 12-12-2013 12:15 AM||5051 views||16 times favorited||56 comments|
It all started with the chevalet. I was looking for a better way to cut marquetry. Then there were the workbenches ..... my excuse was that they presented an interesting challenge in design. Now I’ve gone and built wooden hand planes. All hope is lost. I’m inexorably being drawn to the dark side. The quiet side. The place where you don’t need ear protection when planing. Before you know it I’ll be haunting the garage sales with the other poor lost souls in search of molding plane sets with all their parts, vintage hand drills and toothing planes. ( I actually am looking for one of those).
I have decided to give in and just enjoy the ride. In all fairness, I’ve always had some hand tools and have always used them when they were a better, more efficient choice than a power tool. There are places on a wooden boat that can only be shaped with an adze.
My excuse for building the planes, and in the future I will use the word “reason”, was that I needed to joint veneer accurately and there is no really good way to do that on a 6” jointer. In that respect the process was a great success.
The large plane is square on the right side but rounded on the left to accommodate my hand when using it on it’s side. The idea for that shape came from Isaac Fisher’s excellent video on the Hock Tools site.
I gave it a try this afternoon . The jig is just two pieces of 3/4” plywood clamped with holdfasts.
The results were excellent and it was so easy.
The specs are:
Materials were Mesquite and Osage Orange (again thanks Gene Howe)
The blades are from Hock Tools
The finish at this point is one coat of BLO.
Of course there is no excuse too small for adding a little marquetry, shop cut from the same materials and inlaid into forstner bit holes. The design is my cypher,PRM.
Thanks for looking in and maybe pray for my soul…... :-)
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/