Friday 20 May 2011

More Desert Ironwood

The mouths still need to be filed on these 2 planes - but otherwise, they are completed. The A5 is infilled with Desert Ironwood and is a mate to the Ironwood filled A5 from a few posts ago. They came from the same piece of wood.

A knot appeared out of nowhere in the bottom of the handle. There was absolutely no indication that it would be there when I roughed out the blank... I am just thankful it was not 1/4" to the left or right - that would have made a real mess of things.

There was a great bit of burl on the cheek. It made for a tricky fitting process - but it was well worth the efforts.

This XSNo.4ss is filled with a darker Desert Ironwood - Burl this time.

It was a rather grey day when I took these photos but there was a bit of light during this last shot. It was tricky to capture, but the lighter flecks look like gold in sunlight.

This last shot is a detail of a plane I am working on. It is a variation that I have wanted to make for several years now. Any guesses?


Blogger Ben said...

carriagemaker's rabbet?

beautiful and inspiring work as always.


20 May 2011 at 07:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shoulder plane with an exquisite mouth

20 May 2011 at 12:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bevel down Norris rebate mitre plane.

ERic in Nova Scotia

20 May 2011 at 18:50  
Blogger Cory said...

Wide mouth (bevel down) and high angle. I'm going to have to go with jack rabbet. Can't wait!


20 May 2011 at 22:48  
Blogger Jay Christian said...

ooo, nice! I'm guessing a rabbet bench plane -- like an infill version of a #10?
Those ironwood planes are gorgeous, Konrad. Absolutely beautiful.

20 May 2011 at 22:51  
Anonymous robert said...

The mystery plane looks like it has a mouth for a modified Stanley 10 1/2 type carriage makers rabbet plane. That would be pretty cool as an infill and much refined version.

21 May 2011 at 20:23  
Anonymous Steve C said...

Loving it Konrad, the planes look amazing and desert ironwood is tough to beat in my book.

I'm guessing you're developing your own version of the presentation Norris you did a few years back.

Thanks for the update, always a treat to see what you've been working on.

BTW, your curly maple table project is too cool.


21 May 2011 at 22:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going with a 10 1/2 type of plane. You always get the most ridiculously cool pieces of wood. I wouldn't mind seeing a post on your methodology for getting such a fine finish.


22 May 2011 at 17:30  

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Tuesday 10 May 2011

2 upcoming shows

It has been a while since I have attended a woodworking show, and now I find myself going to 2 this month. Both of these shows have been arranged by the fine folks at Lie Nielsen, who have generously invited many of us small toolmakers to participate in their shows.

The first show is this weekend - May 13th and 14th in St. Louis. It is being hosted by Dr. Kent Adkins in his shop. Kent’s shop was featured in a recent issue of Popular woodworking magazine, and I know I was not the only one with a serious case of shop envy. There is an incredible line-up of guest demonstrators at the show. Ron Brese from Brese Planes, Jameel Abraham from Benchcrafted, Bob Zajicek from Czeck Edge Hand Tools and Matt Bickford from MS Bickford Planes. I am really looking forward to visiting with fellow toolmakers and seeing some of the fine pieces of furniture that Kent has been making.

The next show is being held in Montreal, on May 27th and 28th at the Rosemount Technology Centre. This is likely going to be a smaller show, but I am very excited about this one as well. This is my first trip to Montreal and I am looking forward to finally meeting a few customers in person.

The format of these events is perfect. It is very informal, and everyone is encouraged to hang around, bounce from demonstrator to demonstrator, try out a bunch of fine tools and talk with the actual people who make them. There is always a strong element of education at these events - which is evident by the sharpening station always being busy.

If you are close to either of these locations and have some free time on the weekend, stop by and say hello.


Blogger F. said...

I'll see you at the Montreal show. I can't wait to see your planes in person!

10 May 2011 at 23:07  
Blogger Ethan said...


Was good to see you at the STL show! Sorry I couldn't make it back for a second time on Friday or Saturday - my wife needed some time to herself, so I ended up watching the baby for a few hours.

(Not that I'm complaining, mind you... I do enjoy spending as much time with him as possible. Didn't think it would be good to bring him to the show, though.)

17 May 2011 at 16:47  
Blogger Konrad said...

That is great Francis - I look forward to finally meeting you in person.

See you in a few weeks.

17 May 2011 at 17:45  
Blogger Konrad said...

Hi Ethan,

Great to see you again as well. It was a great show in a great setting.


17 May 2011 at 17:47  
Blogger Ethan said...

Interestingly enough, I am not at all jealous of that shop set-up, as per our previous discussion.

I AM, however, very envious of Mike S! Excited to see his new toy when it comes in!

Would you consider inlaying my initials in the bun of his new plane? :) Would give me an edge on claiming it.

20 May 2011 at 12:07  
Anonymous Richard said...

Hi Konrad,

It was a pleasure to meet you at the Montreal show the other day. Thanks for helping my little 5 year-old to really enjoy himself too.

All the best

29 May 2011 at 20:48  
Blogger Konrad said...

Hello Richard,

It was great to meet you as well. Your kids were wonderful and very rewarding to see them so engaged with using tools and working with wood.

Best wishes,

30 May 2011 at 07:38  

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