Last plane of 2015 - and a few others
The last post was about using texture to help file the mouth on a K18 - here are some photos of that finished plane. This was the last plane of 2015 and is a sibling for an earlier K9 and K13. It was the perfect way to end my year. All three planes came from the same piece of unidentified Rosewood.
The next plane is a Desert Ironwood filled K7. I have done a 180 with regards to sapwood - at least with Desert Ironwood. I am a little surprised actually - I can recall making a fair amount of noise about not liking sapwood on planes... but there is something about the coloration, texture and grain of Desert Ironwood that turned me around. I guess this dog is still learning a few things.
A Honduran Rosewood filled K13. This set is a match to my own K18. It is always interesting to be able to work with specific pieces of wood again. There were several points where things felt very familiar - when I was shaping the handle and the front pad on this plane. In hindsight, I wish I would have taken a photo of it next to my K18.
And last, but certainly not least, is another Desert Ironwood filled plane. This one is a No.4 smoother with a 2" wide blade and bronze sides.
Maybe part of the attraction of working with Desert Ironwood is the randomness of it - and the many happy surprises that happen along the way. When I roughed out the infill set for this No.4, I had no idea how the sapwood and heartwood would interact together, but when I sliced off the front of the bun on the bandsaw and saw the little island of heartwood... I was elated. I was so careful about not removing too much material so the island would be lost.
Happy New Year everyone, and thanks to you all for the continued support.