Richard was a very good friend and someone I admired greatly for
his “old school” craftsmanship in all things metal…..what I call
the “BLACK STUFF”…as I always end up looking like a Victorian
chimney sweep’s assistant when I work with the stuff.
The fact that I prefer to work in wood had not escaped Richard’s
keen eye… and also that I admired his wonderful work with
creating dovetails in steel… and anyone who has successfully
done so in wood will know that doing this with steel is nothing
short of alchemy!!
Check this out…
Amazing, isn’t it!?
So one day back in 2012…a rather heavy parcel arrived chez KT
Tools and inside was the beautifully crafted start to a copy of
a Victorian dovetailed infill panel plane you see above.
basic message from Richard was “do your stuff on this please!”
I did my work and finished with this...
How I arrived there I tell you in this story.
A year or two passed as I slowly tried to do this gorgeous
foundation justice… a daunting task in itself.
I got the “arse end” sorted in prototype mahogany first…
Richard had made the body so that the sides were “sprung”
inwards a tiny amount…which was of great benefit to me when
making the infills because… by the use of a steel spacer… I was
able to ensure the sides stayed perfectly parallel to each other
and at 90 degrees to the sole precisely.
This is vital when
making a plane…particularly if I ever wanted to use it for
Eventually the test infill was in place, PHEW!!!…
I’m happy to report… the dovetails didn’t pop! Richard assured
me they wouldn’t… as they were “compound” dovetails… i.e. they
were dovetailed in two planes then peined! Wonderful stuff!