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Forum topic by LayneZ posted 04-28-2016 01:16 PM 538 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-28-2016 01:16 PM

I haven’t posted an engraved tool in awhile so I thought I’d show off my latest plane. This is a 102 low angle from Lie-Nielsen. I usually work by commission only but I had this plane in the shop unspoken for and thought I’d do a spec piece. I cut it in deep relief using a style that borrows elements from traditional English scroll. While English scroll is usually tiny, I had to scale things up to fit the canvas. I think these little block planes are among my favorite items to cut. I’ll have to keep one for myself one day if I can ever afford my own work! Cheers!

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#1 posted 04-28-2016 01:45 PM

Good grief man. That’s quality I don’t see. Period, not don’t see often, just plain (get it?) don’t see.
That plane belongs in a safe.


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#2 posted 04-28-2016 01:46 PM

Fabulous work! How long to do the work?

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#3 posted 04-28-2016 02:22 PM

Beautiful work, maybe send in a picture to Lie Nielsen he’d appreciate it.

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#4 posted 04-28-2016 04:09 PM

Layne that’s absolutely stunning! Wish I could afford your work as well.

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#5 posted 04-28-2016 04:16 PM

It’s not as many hours as you might expect. Around 15 to 20. This is a fairly simple job. They start getting more complex with other scroll styles and I could easily put a hundred hours into this much space. Provided someone wants to put thousands into a $100 plane. This plane is priced at auction now with a reserve of $400. A realistic price if commissioned would be $600. I just had this one around as a sample and it’s time to cut a new one. In hand engraving on planes as with guns, the cost of the art almost always exceeds the cost of the object. But again I can engrave to suit any budget from a couple hundred to many thousands. My goal is to give my clients extremely good quality work no matter the budget. Just less of it on smaller budgets. I won’t sacrifice quality for the sake of more coverage.

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#6 posted 04-28-2016 06:54 PM

How do you deal with the typical case-hardening on old rifles? I imagine it’s a real treat to work on something with metal that cuts like butter!

Fantastic workmanship!

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#7 posted 04-28-2016 07:23 PM

That is beautiful work. I would u ‘d love to have one but just a little out of my price range.

People should go to your profile and then to your website…...incredible work!!!!!

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#8 posted 04-28-2016 07:43 PM

Case hardening is really a very thin skin of surface hardened metal. It typically gets polished off, engraved and re case hardened. Any finish on a firearm must be completely removed, the piece prepped, then engraved and then re finished with Bluing, nickel, case hardening etc.

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