It seems I had nothing better to do tonight, because I ended up splitting a plane blank out of a piece of firewood and planing the four faces down.
Partially it was to see if I could do it. Partially it was to try out a beater Stanley #5 I picked up a few weeks ago without having to go through the trouble of actually lapping, sharpening or otherwise tuning it properly. And partially I realized the turning blanks I picked up from the Rockler scrap bin are probably just a bit too small to make the Krenov-style plane I was planning to make (I have a 1-3/4” blade and the blank’s just shy of 2-1/2”)
It actually wasn’t that bad. I managed to pick a piece with not too much twist and only one tiny knot that didn’t give me any trouble. I split it with a camp axe and a mallet to roughly 3×3x12 (rough guess). It planed down without too much trouble.
Then I realized I have two problems (at least!). The first is that I’m pretty impatient, so I had hoped to start on the plane-making proper in a few days. According to David Finck’s book, though, I should let this blank continue to dry for a month or so. The second is I’m not actually sure what kind of wood it is. I had assumed that firewood is ash, but now that I looked into it, it seems it could be just about anything. Don’t worry, I’m not going to ask anyone to try to identify it from the photos.
-- Tim -- Tools to make tools to make...it's tools all the way down.