Friday, 17 May 2019

A few prototypes for sale


I have been doing some spring cleaning and taking (another) long hard look at some of my prototype planes. I realized there are several that I am not using nearly enough, so it is time for them to find new homes. These are all my personal planes, and were the prototypes for the model. They have been well used and well cared for. Each one has a unique serial number stamped on the bed - KP... for “Konrad Prototype” and the last number is the year it was made.


 

The first plane is a steel and Ebony A5ss (ss for stainless steel) that was featured on the front of one of the Lee Valley monthly catalogues.



 

 

A5ss smoother
- serial No. KP26-06
- 01 tool steelsides, stainless steel lever cap and lever cap screw
- 7-1/2" long
- 2" wide, high carbon steel blade (from Ron Hock)
- Norris type adjuster
- 50 degree bed angle
- Ebony infill
- $4,850.00 Cdn + actual shipping costs

 

(A ding sustained in England by an overly enthusiastic fellow)












No.A1 panel plane (14-3/4" long)
- serial No. KP15-03 
- bronze sides, lever cap and lever cap screw
- 01 tool steel sole
- 2-1/2" wide, high carbon steel blade (7/32" thick)
- 47.5 degree bed angle
- Ebony infill
- $4,750 Cdn + actual shipping costs

This is an early plane with an Iles adjuster.  I rounded over the front corners of the front bun a while ago - making it much more comfortable to use... wish I would have done it a long time ago!











Bullnose
- serial No. KP 39-13 
- bronze body with a steel sole (sweated on)
- 20 degree bed angle
- Desert Ironwood infill
- SOLD

This was one of 6 castings I purchased in England many years ago and this was the first of the batch. It turned out wonderfully, but I just don’t use it as often as I had thought I would.
















The A11 mitre
- serial No. KP32-09
- Brazilian Rosewood infill (I will need to get a CITES export permit to ship outside of Canada)
- 2-1/4" wide blade
- 01 tool steel sides and sole
- Norris type adjuster
- 20 degree bed angle.
- SOLD












Send me an email of you are interested, konrad@sauerandsteiner.com

For any American customers, the exchange rate is in your favour at the moment - take roughly 25% off these prices for USD. I can figure out the exact exchange rate at the time of purchase. 

4 Comments:

Anonymous fairwoodworking said...

The Maple Leaf stamp on the miter plane looks awfully familiar. Are you sure I didn't lone that one to you?

17 May 2019 at 20:47  
Blogger Konrad said...

he-he... same devious supplier I suspect:)

18 May 2019 at 08:08  
Blogger F. said...

Ooh, that mitre plane is tempting...

19 May 2019 at 21:54  
Blogger Konrad said...

Hi Francis,

The mitre is already spoken for - not sure if that will be a relief or not.

cheers,
konrad

20 May 2019 at 05:55  

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Monday, 8 April 2019

London pattern Rosewood Handles



I have been working with my friend Jameel at BenchCrafted on doing a small production run of London pattern handles using some of the Brazilian Rosewood I exported to him. 



The prototype is the darker of the two, the other one is the production prototype. We are both very pleased with how it turned out, and are now in the process of getting pricing on doing a small run (will be influenced by interest).  We are thinking 50 handles to start, but could do more if needed.


The handles are just under 1" at the widest point and about 5-1/2" long. I initially made the prototype to use as a file handle, but quickly realized these would work for chisels as well.






 (With finished applied)





Feel free to ask questions, and as soon as pricing is figured out, I will post those details.

These are only available in the States. The export permit was to export them from Canada to the US only, and are able to move freely within the United States, but not outside the States.

4 Comments:

Anonymous fairwoodworking said...

These look great! An excellent use of that sweet sweet wood.

8 April 2019 at 20:37  
Blogger Steve Kirincich said...

Hi Konrad. Would you feel comfortable hitting these wooden handles with a wooden mallet?

9 April 2019 at 16:10  
Blogger Konrad said...

Thanks Ric... handles were always in the back of my mind... but I am a very inexperienced turner, so it took me a long time to muster the courage to make the first handle.
cheers,
konrad

10 April 2019 at 20:26  
Blogger Konrad said...

Hi Steve,
A wooden mallet, yes... but not a steel faced hammer - or even a brass one. And not a heavy wooden one either.
cheers,
konrad

10 April 2019 at 20:26  

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Sunday, 3 March 2019

prototype belts



I picked up the belts from Parker Murakami a little over a week ago, and have been wearing them non-stop. I would wear them to bed if that wasn’t too weird (ok, lets face it... if Jill would let me).

The belts are, in a word, exquisite. The leather work is unlike anything I have seen before. Thick, and so solid around the buckle. The leather is full grain bridle leather, vegetable tanned in the States using Canadian cow hides.They are assembled with Chicago screws so they can be take apart (mostly so I can make modifications to the prototype buckles if I need to... but if the strap wears out when my grandchildren inherit them, they can re-use the buckle).




There were a bunch of things I wanted to check. First, that there weren’t any sharp spots... or as my friend Jameel so delicately put it, ‘Does it pinch your fat?’. I also wanted to make sure the weight of the buckle did not make them sag... and also to make sure that my buckles didn’t fall apart because there was something I had completely overlooked. 

After a week, nothing has gone wrong - no fat-pinch, no sagging, and no falling apart. I did make a small alteration to the stainless steel buckle - the inside edges were a little sharp and the leather strap passing through made a sound that wasn’t friendly... solved by a little more file work to ease the edges. It now ‘sounds’ right.

Here are a bunch of photos of the finished belts as a pair. 











I asked Riley if he would mind taking some photos of the belts being worn. He said sure... then I think the penny dropped. He smiled a bit, I smiled a bit more, and then we addressed the obvious... his first photo-shoot was taking photos of his dad’s... waist-line. We shared a good laugh about it but once we started, it was fine, and he did a great job with these images. And I for one really appreciated not having to take crotch-selfies (cause that is probably a thing... but with fewer belts...argh... will leave it there...).















I forgot to mention in my previous post that one of the other driving factors to making these was my love of Japanese raw denim jeans. I have been wearing them for several years now... and they are all I wear - in the shop, or out and about. The black pair and the dark indigo pair are both from Naked & Famous - a Montreal based company that are distributed by a great little local store in Waterloo called Loop. The Indigo pair are the first ones I bought - Elephant 6’s - a heavy, 22oz broken twill denim that took a while to break in - but now that they are, they are awesome. The black pair is their newest version - the Elephant 7 - a 20oz jean. This one also took a while to break it, but are just as comfortable as the elephant 6’s. In my mind, these belts are perfect for heavy denim - but also work well with lighter weight jeans like the light grey ones - from another Montreal company, Frank & Oak. For anyone who wears jeans in the shop and are tired of jeans lasting less than a year, I would suggest you take a look at a heavy weight raw denim jean. Oh, and each of these have been ‘soaked’ once. Raw denim isn’t usually washed in a washing machine... they are just soaked in the tub with some Woolite dark for 45 minutes, rinsed off, and hung to dry. If you want to be really hardcore - put them on when they are still damp and wear them until they are dry - ideally walking around or working... it will do that last little bit of break-in that is needed and will be perfectly molded to your body. 





I am in the process of working out the pricing details for these. Prototyping is not really a good phase to figure out pricing... everything take exponentially more time... lots of head scratching, and time at the drawing board and workbench. I am going to finish off the 4 remaining castings and see how that goes. Each buckle will have a serial number - stamped somewhere out of the way, but not hidden... a little like stamping the planes on the bed under the blade. I am still debating on a logo of sorts too. Lots of details to work out. Based on the material costs and the leather and work from Parker, I am guessing these will end up being in the $500-$600 Cdn range. They might be a little less... might be a little more... I won’t really know until I can get a more accurate picture of the time it takes to make after making a few more.

Like the planes, these are custom belts. You choose the leather you want (there is also black), let me know your waist size and they will be made to order. A few serial numbers have already been spoken for, but they will be done in chronological order based on interest. I have started a list already, so if you are interested let me know.



6 Comments:

Anonymous fairwoodworking said...

I hadn't planned on leaving a comment, but my wife just walked in and clicking here narrowly avoided her catching me staring at another mans... AAAAnyway(s). It really is remarkable how very belt buckle like these are but still entirely of your own design/style. So cool!

3 March 2019 at 12:19  
Blogger Konrad said...

At least you didn't have to take the photos...
Glad you like them - and that they look different from the masses.
cheers,
konrad

3 March 2019 at 14:55  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Konrad,
I would be interested in one of the belts if you still have room on the list.
Cheers
Kevin

6 March 2019 at 15:26  
Blogger Konrad said...

Hi Kevin,

There should be room on the list - will add you in.

cheers,
konrad

6 March 2019 at 20:13  
Blogger Peter said...

Hi Konrad,

Long time fan of your blog. WIsh I had the funds to consider one of your planes, but a belt fits the budget (and the need!)

Please add me to the list if there is still room.

Cheers,
Peter

15 April 2019 at 14:26  
Blogger Konrad said...

Hi Peter,
Send me an email and I can fill you in on the details. There is room for sure!
thanks,
konrad

konrad@sauerandsteiner.com

17 May 2019 at 07:59  

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