Friday, 30 April 2010

The last Mystery Rosewood XSNo.4, the second last A5 & a variation on a shoulder plane

I am just finishing up 3 planes - two of which are some of the last Mystery rosewood filled planes. This incredible infill material continues to provide stunning color and grain patterning. Here are a few detail shots of both the XSno.4 and the A5. Both these planes have a wonderful light streak in them. Take a look at the top of the front bun on the XSNo.4 and the handle of the A5. You can see it very clearly in the next photo of the infill before it was installed.

The front bun on the A5 is not too bad either.

This next plane is based on my own design - an amalgamation of a number of vintage infill planes. I first used this profile on a pair of 3/8" wide shoulder planes. This variation is 1/2" wide by 6" long. The bed and wedge are African Blackwood.

And just to prove that this plane is not milled from a solid piece of 01 - here are a few construction photos.

Once the plane has been piened together, I use a hacksaw to shape the profile.

At this point, the sides have been lapped but the sole still shows the ends of the dovetails.

The above photo shows the shell lapped, but without the chamfers. I am always amazed at the effect a simple chamfer can have on a plane - it can transform it form bland to stunning in very short order.

The “Sharpie” chamfer layout lines.

Tracey sent me over 600 photos of the living room and dining room. Needless to say - I have quite a bit of sorting to do. Here is one of the images that caught my attention right away.


Blogger David said...

outstanding work... I have nothing else to say, thank you!

30 April 2010 at 16:51  
Blogger nielscosman said...

You are a magician with hack saw!
I love the wedge detail shot of the shoulder plane- dig your style!

1 May 2010 at 10:03  
Blogger The Village Carpenter said...

Konrad, your work is breathtaking.

1 May 2010 at 20:36  
Blogger Konrad said...

Thanks David - your comment is certainly enough for me.


2 May 2010 at 13:52  
Blogger Konrad said...

Thanks Niels. Magician is maybe stretching it a bit... but I am happy to take it:) It is amazing how accurate a tool it can be actually - just takes lots of practice and a good hacksaw helps too.


2 May 2010 at 13:53  
Blogger Konrad said...

Thanks Kari. For all those who may not recognize "The village carpenter" it is a wonderful blog by Kari Hultman. The content of her blog is fantastic and puts most of us to shame with how frequently she updates it. Take some time to visit it - it will quickly become a favourite.


2 May 2010 at 13:57  
Blogger tomausmichigan said...


Nothing is as pretty as Blackwood and steel after its been through your shop.


3 May 2010 at 20:56  
Anonymous Micheline said...

Sweet! You can apply that word to every picture in the bunch. As pretty as that last one is, I still can't wait to see it in real life.

5 May 2010 at 11:29  
Blogger Konrad said...

Thanks Tom. There are going to be several steel and blackwood planes over the next year - one of which is a brand new model.


5 May 2010 at 22:52  
Blogger Konrad said...

Hey Miché,

Thanks. Hmmm... hope this is the Miché I think it is. Anyway - next time you are in town... the door is always open.


5 May 2010 at 22:54  

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