Nice Ash Planes

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Blog series by rhett updated 90 days ago 11 parts 13914 reads 64 comments total

Part 1: How Nice Ash Planes are made: A Big Ash load

374 days ago by rhett | 4 comments »

It starts with wood, ash to be exact, grown and logged here in Kentucky. This is one of the rare occassions you go out looking for a big ash.Here we see Holger, the logger, cutting lengths of ash down to size. His crew drops marked trees and drags them out to stage. After they are seperated by species, they are cut to the sizes ordered.With the help of a CAT, logs are carefully loaded. Chech out that fat ash on the trailer! Next stop, the sawmill…..

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Part 2: How I like to hold a Nice Ash

364 days ago by rhett | 1 comment »

Since there has been talk of the comfort of these planes in hand, thought I would show my prefered method of hand position. a bookmatched, live edge, spalted beech buffet top.

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Part 3: Metal working in a wood shop.

360 days ago by rhett | 12 comments »

When we started Nice Ash Planes, all the woodworkers we talked with assumed we would go the normal route, buy premade irons and drop them in our plane. Nope, we decided to learn a bit about metallurgy and then tackled that bear ourselves. The real trick is in the heat treatment, but more on that later.Our steel comes from the original steel state, PA. It shows up to our shop as 1/4” by 36” flat ground bar stock. Each bar will produce 10 blanks. The first few blades were cut w...

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Part 4: From Big Ash log to Thick Ash lumber

359 days ago by rhett | 1 comment »

The load of ash logs made it safe and sound to McInturf Sawmill and Kiln. Here you see them staged for sawing and the ends treated with anchor seal. The ends are painted different colors for different species.The logs are then gathered with a front loader and brought to the saw. A large metal table, made from railroad track, holds the logs until they are ready to go. This sytem allows Gary to run the entire operation solo. Here we see an ash log being rolled down to the bed.As you can se...

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Part 5: Fifth and final blog about my ash.

353 days ago by rhett | 11 comments »

How we are making our Nice Ash Planes and why they are different from anything you would most likely be crafting in your shop. The construction of our plane is unlike the normal “Krenov”, shop made woodie. Instead of the usual 5 piece construction, we opted for a simpler, 3 piece design. This is nothing new, as anyone who has seen one of Steve Knights planes can attest to. Though, unless someone can correct me, our design is the first to completely capture the cross pin, mak...

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Part 6: Pulling Shavings

261 days ago by rhett | 10 comments »

Stupid human trick, with sharp blade and straight wood.

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Part 7: Walnut Demonstration

260 days ago by rhett | 4 comments »

The trick isn’t green wood. It’s a sharp blade, a tuned plane and a flat board.

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Part 8: Wedge power

258 days ago by rhett | 10 comments »

Think a wedge and steel pin won’t hold an iron tight?

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Part 9: Open Yer Mouth

254 days ago by rhett | 1 comment »

Fitting an iron into a wooden hand plane.

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Part 10: hard facts

180 days ago by rhett | 7 comments »

At WIA this past weekend I had more than a few people ask me why I used ash instead of the traditional beech. It was implied I was using a lesser wood for plane building. While it may not get as polished as the old dogmatic standby, ash is proven harder than beech per the janka scale. It is also almost 2x more stable, according to this chart, on tangential dimensional change coefficients. The lower the number, the less the wood moves with +/- moisture.

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Part 11: Final LJ Blog

90 days ago by rhett | 3 comments »

Wasn’t aware posting here gave up rights to content…. I welcome all to check out my new and official blog. First look at the new blades I am bringing to market in February. If you thought the others were nice, wait till you see these!

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