|Project by Woodbridge||posted 02-01-2014 02:34 AM||2479 views||11 times favorited||11 comments|
Lately, I’ve been playing around with the new Veritas Wood Plane kit making different styles of wood planes (from scrap wood). I anticipation of a Shooting Board seminar I attended today I made this Shooting plane.
The plane is made from scrap mahogany, reused maple hardwood flooring for the sides and a wedge of cherry to skew the blade slightly (about 3 degrees). It is flat and square but everything else is roughly shaped. The blade is bedded at 45 degrees. If I make another one I might try it at 40 degrees to see if it can handle end grain a bit better. The hand position worked out well. It comfortable to use.
It cuts okay on woods like walnut and cherry and has a bit more difficultly with harder end grain. Comparing it to my Veritas Bevel Up Jack Plane it does not have the same heft so it does not power through the wood quite as easily. Perhaps some lead weights inserted into a plug hole would increase the mass.
The knob can be moved to the front to use the plane in a normal orientation.
-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario