|Project by RusticJohn||posted 04-15-2014 04:08 AM||1341 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
I use floats for plane making and cabinet work and have being playing with the idea of one for wood carving. This is the result. It has a cranked handle and hand cut teeth. Originally the blade was going to have a curve in it but I thought this was going too far for a first version. This was not the easiest thing in the World to make with a very steady hand and lots of patience needed to cut the teeth. The blade started out as hard, had to be softened, worked and then re-hardened. Good temperature control was important.
The float cuts really nicely and has a good bite to the teeth. Its cutting ability compares well to a top line commercial version. The cutting action is a cross between planing and rasping.
I will go on to make a few more variations on this specifically intended to cut away and smooth the surface of my carvings. It will be a while before I get onto it but will post when finished.