Sunday, 30 August 2009

Introducing the SNo.4 smoother

I am a little embarrassed about how long this has taken - but I think it was worth the wait. I first mentioned this plane in March and have just finished the prototype. This is one of the few times where the person who commissioned the plane is getting the prototype (I typically build 2 and keep the first one).

This plane is called the SNo.4 because it fits perfectly between the No.4 smoother and the XSNo.4. The No.4 smoother has a sole length of 7-1/2" and a blade width of 2". The SNo.4 has a 6-1/2" long sole with a blade width of 1-3/4" and the XSNo.4 is 5-1/2" long with a 1-1/2" wide blade. Here are a few photos of the 3 different sizes.

(please note that this No.4 smoother is a very early plane. Most of the current models do not have a cap iron and have a single shorter iron - like this).

This particular SNo.4 is infilled with Mystery rosewood, has bronze sides and a bed angle of 52.5 degrees.

I am going to be in England next month attending a show at Cressing Temple Barns and am planning on finishing my SNo.4 in time to bring it along.


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