discovered a good source of this fine rare wood, I decided to
make a series of woodies.
Dimensioning and bed pocket roughing
I had thought to make a wedge-mouth mitre but in discussions
with Ollie Sparks we both think this species too brittle to cope
with a 20° bed... the rear mouth will almost certainly chip out.
The stock is 2x2" so when squared carefully. I managed to get
50x50mm out of it.
I always build planes around the iron to hand and have for a
while wanted to try the Ron Hock 1.5x4.5cm double high carbon
job. It just looks to be a beautiful weapon of choice.
Razee planes are also one of my favourite shapes so I thought I
would make one but with smaller dimensions than the longer jack.
The idea is to make an open rear handle of English boxwood and
fit it using a sliding dovetail as a show feature.
The wedge will also be of boxwood accented with ebony and also
an end grain strike button will be added as a contrasting
After taking most of the rough surface off the fine Bridge City
block plane was tried for the first time with one skid to keep
This really is an astounding tool!
The single skid really helps.
Once dimensioned, a 5mm long reach bit was used to start the
iron pocket. It is undersized so any inaccuracy doesn't matter -
it will be refined later.