A spare XSNo.4 & a few recent planes
There is only one infill wood that I like with naval brass... until now. I found some very old Ziricote quite a few years ago, and in 2008, roughed out this set. It sat on the shelf until a couple of months ago when I pulled it down and decided to make a spare plane. I was debating on steel or bronze sides and then remembered I had some naval brass as well. Until now, I had only ever used Ebony with naval brass, but the Ziricote looked really, really good with it, so decided to go for it.
I also used naval brass for the lever cap, the lever cap screw and the infill cross pins.
The brass cross pins make for a very clean look which I like. The cross pin for the lever cap is steel.
The 1-9/16" blade is high carbon steel from Ron Hock and is bedded at 52.5 degree. The plane is $1,750.00 Cdn. This plane has been sold.
This next plane is another XSNo.4, infilled with English Boxwood. It has a bronze lever cap and lever cap screw with steel sides. Boxwood is wonderful to work with - it smells great too... unlike Desert Ironwood, which is basically like working with very dry poo.
The Boxwood is soaked in oil for several days and then given a light coat of paste wax.
I have always found it difficult to photograph the difference between bronze and naval brass, but this next photo captures it fairly well.
This next plane is a Desert Ironwood filled K18. It is always challenging to find Desert Ironwood large enough for a plane of this size, but it is so worth it!
The front pad has some stunning burl figure.
And last, but certainly not least, is a plane that I really enjoyed making. I have not made an A5 for a long time, and it was a real treat to make one again. Bronze sides, lever cap and lever cap screw with African Blackwood infill.
2" wide, V11 blade and a 50 degree bed angle.
African Blackwood and French polish are perfect for each other.