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.