Thursday, 9 April 2015

new plane for handworks

(the attic before moving in)

It has been a bit of a scramble the last two months. Pre-renovating our attic, two slow moving, but very exciting woodworking-ish projects plodding along, one heck of a cold winter, and a new plane in development.

(mock-up with Mahogany sole and sidwalls and Walnut infill)
 The new plane is another customer driven request/‘throwing down of the gauntlet’ project and I am really excited about it. I am hoping to have it completed for HandWorks next month. It will be a bit of a run for the roses... but everything has been coming along very nicely, so I think it will be done in time. I will post photos of it once it is done... I don’t want to get too ahead of myself in case I screw something up!


Anonymous Martin said...

Hello Conrad,

Good to see your new posting this morning after a few months of silence. It made me wonder if you had started working on the book you've hinted at... But being involved in an ongoing renovation project myself for the past 4 years (along the dayjob, spendig time with my family and some first fumblings with planemaking in my sparetime) I fully understand that "pre-renovations" Always take a lot more time than the casual by-stander would think:-)
Kind regards, Martin

10 April 2015 at 02:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to Nathan Green?

11 April 2015 at 00:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you holding back on us Konrad?

11 April 2015 at 00:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds like somethings cooooookin

11 April 2015 at 00:15  
Blogger Konrad said...

Hi Martin,

Thanks for your patience. Time has a habit if flying by, and the older I get, the faster it seems to go. The renovation was not too serious, but was a fair amount of work for all of us. It is amazing how emptying one room (or in our case, a whole floor) results in the rest of the house swell to the point where it barely functions. Other than the improved living space, the next best thing was it forced us to evaluate the 'stuff' we were keeping and decide what to keep, what to donate to a local thrift store, and what to toss.

best wishes,

11 April 2015 at 07:03  
Blogger Konrad said...

Things are cooking, and I am holding back somewhat... for a big reveal and Nathan Green has not been forgotten - just part of a bigger picture post I have been picking away at. Hopefully soon...

11 April 2015 at 07:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the new tool is a block of wood? i don't get it.

12 April 2015 at 00:43  
Blogger Kevin Brehon said...

Does the mahogany sole mean an all-bronze shell?

12 April 2015 at 09:32  
Blogger Konrad said...

The blade is wood too... cool eh?

12 April 2015 at 12:21  
Blogger Konrad said...

Hi Kevin,

The Mahogany sole is just to simulate the 1/4" thick steel sole - I figured if I am going to go through the trouble of doing a mock-up with a different sidewall material, I may as well go all the way and do the sole too. In hindsight, it is the best way to do it - it revealed a lot of information about how the shaping on the leading edge of the mouth will look. In for a penny...


12 April 2015 at 12:23  

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