posted by Konrad at
Wow, the interesting figure in the wedge complements the sleek steel body nicely. The lamb's tongue termination of the chamfers is a nice detail that I don't believe I've seen in a metal-bodied plane before. Well done! Definitely a "cute little plane"
Thanks Charles. I spent a few minutes with a negative template of the wedge placing it over the boxwood to find the best figure. There was a great cluster of eyes that just fit inside the end of the wedge. Glad you like the lambs tongues. I have used them a few times on these small rebate and shoulder planes. It is nice little touch that is easy to do. Cheers,Konrad
I love your photography completely compliments your writing. Are you still using the Nikon Coolpix 4300 or have you moved on to something else?Tim
Thanks Tim. Yup - still using the Nikon Coolpix 4300. I re-charge the battery every morning and keep my fingers crossed... but it is still a great little camera. Cheers,Konrad
I quite like how you designed this tool. However I would like to see it with a chamfer inside the throat, perhaps having a lamb's tongue even with the front part of the plane on the curve and concluding in a lamb's tongue even, though skewed, on the straight part around the wedge-mortice. Or perhaps a thinner chamfer with a simple curl to start and conclude before the wedge mortice. Nice work, would like to make one myself now.
Anonymous,I am always curious when someone posts a very thoughtful and deliberate comment like yours but opts not to identify themselves. Care to share your identity? I am not sure I follow your suggestion completely and would like to understand it better - sounds interesting. Cheers,Konrad
It's too cool to be cute Konrad, and I'm loving the birdseye wedge, your wood stash delivers yet again!!Cheers,Steve
Thanks Steve - glad you like it. I have the finish on the boxwood now - I will post another photo of it. Cheers,Konrad
have you ever thought of etching the sides of the plane to show the metal grain? It's a risky proposition but the look is interesting. With that said I personally like brushed/polished metal with ebony. But grain markings are always interesting especially when you realize the work involved.
I have not considered etching before, but I have considered engraving. For some reason, engraving seems to work really well on smaller planes, and this one would be a good candidate for sure. Thanks for reminding me.Cheers,Konrad
Well done Konrad, that lamb's tongue is just too much! The merging of metal and wood here is really stunning.
Thanks Shannon. The lambs tongue is not that hard to do - maybe I should do an entry on how to do them? cheers,Konrad
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