|My curly birch version of a c.1300 plane|
When I saw this thing, I knew that I had to make one and I found some time this weekend and put one together.
To speed the process along so that I could experiment with the plane more quickly, I chose to make a glued up body rather than chop the plane from one piece.
|The glued up plane body. The iron is bedded at 45 degrees.|
|Such cool tool marks left by the in-cannel gouge|
It took all of my self control to not leave the cool gouge marks in the body while carving the curves. Having worked with such tools before, I can tell you that those ridges, while attractive, are sure to raise a blister. So I smoothed them away with a rasp and sandpaper.
|King Edward's dowel stock|
Whenever I have oak scraps or cutoffs, I split them into dowel sized billets and put them in a cigar box high up on a shelf to dry out completely. One of the blanks was selected and driven through my 3/8" dowel plate with my new hand sledge.
|I love the shavings that the dowel plate leaves|
|The finished article|
I should probably make some actual furniture soon but I'm having a lot of fun cleaning, reorganizing, and restocking the shop with some fun new tools.
As you can see, it works very well.
- Zachary Dillinger