|Forum topic by minitool||posted 10-23-2011 03:21 AM||5267 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
10-23-2011 03:21 AM
I am new to Lumberjocks, and am using Non-shop Talk as a way to introduce my interest in miniature woodworking tools. Since they use only a small quantity of wood (due to their size) they may not qualify for other topic areas. I began copying classic woodworking tools 10 years ago, focused primarily on Victorian era tools of European origin. So far I have made about 50 tools, most at 1/3 scale. My goal is to duplicate the original tool in design and function, selecting tools that I find personally interesting and/or attractive.
One of my recent projects is shown in the attached photo. It is a French Coachmaker’s Plow Plane from about 1890. This tool was copied directly from an original after several failed attempts to shape the sweeping handle using only photographs.
I selected a small piece of PUTU JUMO for the handle because of its fine grain structure and color. I found the wood among turning blocks at an Oregon supplier and learned the it is also used by folks who make hunting bows. I use the same table-top machine tools on metal and wood parts, so I also like working with dense hard woods (ebony, cocobola, boxwood) which cut clean and hold a sharp edge.
I’d like to find others who enjoy reproducing tools of this period.
-- John's miniature woodworking tools