Saturday, 9 November 2013

K-series in Desert Ironwood

Lots of Desert Ironwood!

At one point several weeks ago I had 4 planes on the bench and every one of them was infilled with Desert Ironwood. It was pretty awesome to see. I love working with this material - except it kinda smells bad... but a small price to pay in the grand scheme of things. 

(please click on the photos for a better view)

The first plane is a K9. Stainless steel lever cap and lever cap screw. 

This next plane is a K18. I did not think I would ever find a piece of Desert Ironwood large enough to make this plane. It was a real find. 

There was a great burl cluster in the blank for the front pad. Thankfully it did not disappear during the shaping process.

Another K9 - this time with a bronze lever cap and lever cap screw. Desert Ironwood is one of those woods that works well with an all steel treatment, or a bronze lever cap and screw. That little hit of bronze seems to be just right with the Ironwood. This was a case where the customer was able to stop by and hand pick the piece of wood for the plane.


Last, but certainly not least, a K13a with a stainless steel lever cap screw and adjuster. 

I recently stocked up on Desert Ironwood and have some more spectacular material just like these 4 planes. Some of it is already spoken for but there are a several sets left including another K18.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


That is some utterly insane wood. What a perfect use for it! You never fail to impress me with your craftmanship.


9 November 2013 at 22:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

awesome work Konrad ..lovely wood with a excellent shellac finish
your work goes from strength to strength
Rick in OZ

10 November 2013 at 01:02  
Blogger Chris Bame said...

Nice work Konrad. How about a picture of the whole K series spread out. The only thing better would be the whole series with my name on them in Bronze and Rosewood. : )
Hope to catch up with you at WIA next year. Are you going to be there?

13 November 2013 at 14:39  
Blogger Konrad said...

Thanks for the very kind words Dan. I feel quite a bit of pressure to use this great material well and not do something stupid with it. It is such a treat to work with such spectacular wood.


13 November 2013 at 20:36  
Blogger Konrad said...

Thanks Rick - and thanks for noticing the french polishing. It took many years to get good at it and I am still adjusting the process a bit. Joe Steiner taught me how to do it - he used to specialize in finish restoration work to acoustic guitars. He was a very good teacher.


13 November 2013 at 20:37  
Blogger Konrad said...

Thanks Chris. Not a bad idea to shoot the family all lined up. It was cool being at WIA last month - there were more K-series planes on my bench than more traditional planes - I did not realize that would happen until I was unpacking everything on the first day. Bronze and Rosewood - that can be arranged:)


13 November 2013 at 20:39  
Blogger Neill said...


I agree with Chris Bame about a spread with the whole K-series. The only question is which plane gets the staple in the bun?

Neill Flate

14 November 2013 at 15:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely work Konrad.

18 November 2013 at 17:43  

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