Thursday, 3 March 2011

Completed A2 jointing plane

Monday was a “gut-bustin” lapping day - but well worth it. It is still amazing to watch the somewhat rough looking sides transform into perfectly polished sidewalls. De-Smurfing is another highlight... seeing the relationship between the wood and metal for the first time. Here are some pics of the finished jointing plane.

I filed 4 mouths on Tuesday - it was about all I could muster after lapping the plane. The other 3 planes are quite spectacular and I will be posting photos of them in the next few days.


Blogger Adrian Baird Ba Than said...

Holy crap,that's one incredible shaving!!!

3 March 2011 at 11:51  
Blogger Konrad said...

Wow - that was fast Black!

You should see the floor... it was covered in them:) It is pretty cool when you drop the blade in for the first time and get shavings like that right away. Makes the stomach muscles feel a little better.


3 March 2011 at 11:56  
Blogger David Scott said...

Beautiful workmanship. It is a work of art.

3 March 2011 at 12:13  
Blogger Adrian Baird Ba Than said...

You must be able to crush walnuts with those stomach muscles by now,all those planes you've lapped through the years...

3 March 2011 at 12:17  
Blogger Konrad said...

I am not sure about walnuts... but I can still fit into a pair of jeans from college:)


3 March 2011 at 12:58  
Blogger Konrad said...

Thanks for your kind comment David.


3 March 2011 at 12:59  
Blogger Tico Vogt said...


3 March 2011 at 13:37  
Blogger Konrad said...

Thanks Tico.


3 March 2011 at 15:54  
Blogger David said...

Man ho man.... Love them... The planes of cours...

4 March 2011 at 20:22  
Blogger Aled said...


7 March 2011 at 16:06  
Blogger Steve Kirincich said...

Hi Konrad,
Beautiful as always! If the jointing plane has your signature tight mouth, will it function more like a smoother? Is a tight mouth wasted on such a big plane?

16 March 2011 at 12:07  
Blogger Konrad said...

Thanks Steve.

The jointer does have a fairly tight mouth - but not like a smoothing plane. I was able to take as heavy a shaving as I could muster - well over .005" thick and it passed through with ease. My own jointing plane has a pretty tight mouth - about .005" but I have never had an issue with it. Taking a .004" or .005" shaving is a monster shaving in anything other than pine. I used my jointer to flatten my latest hard maple benchtop. I set it to take as heavy a cut as I had the strength for and the plane performed perfectly.


16 March 2011 at 17:30  

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