Sunday 10 October 2010

A wicked wedge

Sorry about all the boxwood planes recently - I promise the next one will be different (think, Honduran Rosewood burl). That being said - I could not resist posting about this plane. It is a 1/2" wide, 6" long shoulder plane. I have made a few of these over the years, and curiously - they have all been steel sided versions.

It is the wedge for this plane that is so striking. I had a small section of boxwood that clearly had a large branch coming out of it. I took a chance and cut into it to see if there was any typical crotch figure in it. I was not prepared for it to be this spectacular!

Here is a photo of the rough wedge layout beside my own plane to show how perfectly the figure would fit into the wedge shape.

And the finished wedge. It seems almost a shame to hide all the curl in the body of the plane:) I think there is enough left for one, maybe two more wedges.


Blogger John said...

Wow! Never rated boxwood before, but this is real nice.
What parts of these planes are the 'infils' and where are they peined? Is it a trade secret or can you do a show and tell on the parts/construction of these little beauties?


12 October 2010 at 12:03  
Blogger mckenzie said...

great eye Conrad! simply gorgeous.

12 October 2010 at 14:21  
Blogger Konrad said...

Thanks John.

There are 4 pieces of steel making up the body of the plane. The sole, the sides and then the front "infill". This is a dovetailed plane and has 6 cross pins in it. I will see if I have a photo of the plane before all the construction evidence was lapped out.


12 October 2010 at 20:44  
Blogger Konrad said...

Thanks Tyler. Nice logo on the pepper mills!


12 October 2010 at 20:45  
Blogger Unknown said...

beautiful work- that boxwood is incredible !!
hope all is well besides- i've gotta get out for a visit before the snow starts fallin'- ;)

stay warm.

13 October 2010 at 07:13  
Blogger Konrad said...

Thanks Tom. All is well and yes you do need to stop in before the snow files. And/or I need to stop by before then as well.


13 October 2010 at 08:13  
Blogger Adrian Baird Ba Than said...

Curly crotchy Box,you really are THE most spoiled woodhog on this spinning ovoid spheroid!!!
Never apologies for all this blonde beauty.
That's like saying,
"Sorry,you have to eat ANOTHER scoop of gelato!"
Something in a figure hugging Melanoxylon might be nice though...
Just a suggestion.

14 October 2010 at 09:43  
Blogger Konrad said...

Thanks Black. It really was a remarkable find.

Funny you should mention figured Melanoxylon... I have a SNo.4ss to make and if it all works out - there should be a fair bit of curl showing. Stay tuned!


14 October 2010 at 17:45  
Blogger Gary said...


I have long admired the incredible work you do on your planes. You also have such beautiful pictures of them. I am wondering if you would be willing to share the type of camera, lense, settings, etc. that you use to get such great pictures.


14 October 2010 at 22:07  
Blogger Konrad said...

Hi Gary,

Thanks for your kind comments and glad you have been enjoying the blog. I am unfortunately going to have to burst a bubble though. My camera is a 8 year old Nikon coolpix. No lenses, no real settings other than to use the built-in macro feature and turn off the flash. I am often “shooting” at a very slow speed and have to steady myself against a rail, the edge of a bench or something. I even make sure to press the button between breaths to avoid the usual body movement during breathing. I had several people ask me about my camera gear at the Woodworking in America conference. I suppose I should write a blog entry about it and make it official.


14 October 2010 at 22:13  
Blogger Cyrus said...

I love it when someone is this excited about their work. Your planes are amazingly beautiful and I love that you share such nice work with the world. Keep it up!

23 October 2010 at 13:52  

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