Tuesday, 22 September 2015

A K9 & two spare planes

We had an incredible summer which meant the plane making schedule was a little lighter. I did manage to get several planes done, one of which is this ‘Mystery Rosewood’ K9. It is a mate for this K13.

The sides and sole are 01 tool steel, the lever cap and lever cap screw are stainless steel. The bed angle is 50 degrees and the blade is 2-1/8" wide.

The infill is incredible material to work with and the color and grain is so striking. The black ink line through the front pad with dark wood on one side and lighter orange-red on the other side is my favourite part on this plane. The ink line passes through the handle as well, but the effect is best seen in the front pad.

When the kids go back to school - I hunker down in the shop and pick up the disjointed pieces from the summer work schedule. It is always the same - a little head scratching, some therapeutic cleaning, some organizing and long term planning. During that process, I always uncover little stashes of wood long since forgotten. In this case, an Ebony set roughed out in 2003 and a Honduran Rosewood set from 2005. I decided to make these two ‘spare’ planes in the gaps between customer planes.

The first plane is an XSNo.4. It is 5-1/2" long, with a 1-9/16" wide, high carbon steel blade (there is a PM-V11 blade also available). The infill is Ebony, the sides, lever cap and lever cap screw are Naval brass. The bed angle is 52.5 degrees.

There are a couple of light colored ‘beauty marks’ on the rear infill... otherwise, it wouldn’t even look like wood.

This XSNo.4 is $1,800 Cdn + actual shipping costs (or $1,400 USD + actual shipping costs).

The next plane is a SNo.4L - the ‘L’ stands for long. This plane is 7" long with a 1-3/4" wide, high carbon steel blade (PM-V11 also available). This plane has the same footprint as the K7. The sides are 01 tool steel with a bronze lever cap and lever cap screw. The infill is Honduran Rosewood. The bed angle is 52.5 degrees.

This SNo.4L is $2,100 Cdn + actual shipping costs (or $1,650 USD + actual shipping costs). Send me an email if you are interested in either plane; konrad@sauerandsteiner.com


Blogger Kevin Brehon said...

Love the grain in the handle of the K9. Not quite as psychedelic as desert ironwood, but still pretty trippy!

22 September 2015 at 23:08  
Blogger jon said...

Hi Konrad,
Really love the K Series of planes you've designed. As always, the woods are stellar. Question for you, how do you lap the curved sides and keep them square with the sole? I am envisioning some sort of vertical fence with sandpaper with the sole referencing off your surface plate. Thanks, I always love reading the "how to" posts!

2 October 2015 at 07:58  
Blogger Konrad said...

Thanks Kevin - sometimes less is more and this particular plank really does it well.

2 October 2015 at 11:35  
Blogger Konrad said...

Thanks for your comments Jon. Figuring out content is always a challenge.

I lap the sides on the same flat surface that I lap the sole on. I had initially thought I would use some sort of form to keep things square, but tried it without first and it worked. I did not need a jig as long as my square was close at hand and checked my progress. Besides - if the shell is square to begin with - maintaining square during lapping is not that hard.


2 October 2015 at 11:38  

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