Tuesday 16 October 2018

Another plane with stablized Box Elder burl

The blue ‘Smurf’ colored plane was such a success, that I knew I needed to continue to work with this alternate infill material.  It is not going to be to everyone’s taste, but I am fine with that -  pushing the traditional understanding of what an infill plane is - and its materials, is more important. It also allows me to work with an entirely different color pallet - and is the perfect way to test the overall design of the k-series.

In the back of my mind, I am always thinking about 356 and air cooled 911 Porsche’s. I was in California at RennSport VI a few weeks ago, and it was the perfect place to have one of my long held design beliefs confirmed. These cars are some of the very few that still ‘work’ in a wide variety of colors. A more traditional black, white or red car looks good... but tangerine, yellow, robins egg blue, leaf green... these all look just as good (and in my humble opinion, are even better). It is a testament to the overall design of the cars - that the lines, proportions, shapes and form still look good regardless of the color.

The Smurf blue plane worked well from a design and color balance standpoint, so was really curious to see how a magenta version would look. To my eye at least, the magenta works too.

The K5 is 5-1/2" long, with 01 tool steel sides and sole. Dyed and stabilized box elder burl infill. A 1-1/2" wide, high carbon steel blade bedded at 52.5 degrees.


This plane is available for sale - $2,400.00 Cdn + actual shipping costs (and taxes within Canada). Approximately $1,900 USD based on the current exchange rate. Send me an email if you are interested. konrad@sauerandsteiner.com


Anonymous Troy Staten said...

That plane turned out really nice, as much as I love traditional wood I think it's a lot of fun that you are trying different materials and colors for the infill. Thanks for showing us.

26 February 2019 at 19:43  
Blogger Konrad said...

Thanks Troy - glad you like this new direction. It is a lot of fun to work with such different colors - and I love the fact that I am able to use local and very sustainable material as well as the rare and exotic Rosewoods.


26 February 2019 at 20:52  

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