|Project by lumberjoe||posted 04-13-2014 10:14 PM||1293 views||3 times favorited||10 comments|
I am hooked on wood bodied planes now. For me anyway, they perform much better than their metal soled counterparts in my hands. They are lighter and if the grain is oriented correctly, they naturally absorb a lot of the shock and reverb that metal planes do not.
I had no intentions of showing this little guy the light of day. I wanted to try some smaller form factor shapes and was playing with scraps. The iron is the crappiest quality one ever made – out of a 7 dollar buck bros block plane. I did take extra care to flatten it, change the bevel angle, and camber it a little. Before I even shaped this plane it was taking effortless shavings that are so thin you could read a newspaper through it. I still plan on making a clone with a proper Hock iron, but this little guy performs flawlessly and will be used very often. Unfortunately I fear my water stones are in for a workout
Construction was done following Scott Meeks wonderful instructions which I reviewed. The body is walnut, which I don’t feel is quite hard enough for the sole of a plane, so I added a bubinga sole. The wedge came from the same piece of bubinga. The cross pin is canarywood. It is a square piece that I turned 3/8” tenons on the lathe and rounded over the back edges. Finish is BLO and paste wax on the sole. I leave the wedges unfinished.
Along with my come to be signature flutes, (which really aid in grip!), There is another decorative item to this plane. If you hang around here often, you are going to swear you have seen it before – and you have. Shipwright sent me some hand cut lettering to feature on my wooden planes. This his work, and shop cut mesquite and Osage orange veneers. It fits perfectly with the walnut and canary wood crosspin. The only thing I can take credit for is fitting it into a hole with a little HHG. Thanks again Paul and since there is more where that came from, once a plane passes the test it will get the stamp of approval.