A Wood Carving Float.

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Project by RusticJohn posted 106 days ago 900 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- RusticJohn

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#1 posted 106 days ago

Good idea, nicely done John!

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 105 days ago

Very neat tool, John!!.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 105 days ago

Nice handy looking tool. Nothing like making your own and being happy with the results.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#4 posted 105 days ago

good job… I have a file just like the teeth in that, I love it for wood. Makes the smoothest cuts.
Great for finishing after a rasp, cleans it up. If I ever get around to building a plane from a single piece of wood, I will give it a try.

-- Jeff NJ

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#5 posted 105 days ago

Thank you all for the comments. It took about 16 hours to make the float so its a good job for some rainy days.

-- RusticJohn

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