An awesome trio
Well over a year ago I cut into a really promising piece of wood. The first cut is always the scariest - especially when the best cut should be right down the middle.
Thankfully - it worked out quite well. I was able to get three planes from the piece - an infill set for an XSNo.4, a SNo.4 and a No.4 smoother.
The first plane is the XSNo.4 - 5-1/2" long with a 1-1/2" wide blade and a 52.5 degree bed angle.
I should also add that I have borrowed a friends camera to take these images. I am getting ready to buy a new one (which is long overdue) so pardon the learning curve with the new camera.
The rear infill has some of the most amazing grain.
The SNo.4 - 6-1/2" long, 1-3/4" wide blade and a 52.5 degree bed angle.
The No.4 - 7-1/2" long, 2" wide blade and a 52.5 degree bed angle.
Matching grain to the XSNo.4 in the rear infill of the No.4.
A few photos of the 3 to show the transition in sizes.
Next up will be a new prototype - a K4.
Here is a shot of the piened together shell next to my XSNo.4. The goal with this plane is a true one handed plane. It is 4-1/2" long and has a 1-1/4" wide blade. The french polishing is done - I just need to clean up the over polish on the steel sides. I will post photos very soon.