Tuesday, July 7, 2009

18th Century Style Fore Plane

Just got done making a fore plane. I've never worked with beech before all my other planes have been yellow birch. Beech is a great to work with and I think easier than yellow birch.

The plane has a two inch cambered blade. I'm not real happy with the hardening job I did. I think that using torches on a blade this big is not enough heat. I will re-harden it in my forge and use a bigger oil bath for quenching.

The handle on on the plane is maple and the strike button is yellow birch. I copied the style of the plane from an existing antique. Even with the blade temper a bit off the plane works wonderful. Next I will make a small coffin plane and then a panel raising plane. All that will have to wait though as I need to paint the house:(

Monday, April 27, 2009

Wooden Brace

I've always wanted to make a wooden brace, but I could never find a design I liked. A few months ago I bought the antique brace pictured below from Jim Bode tools. The one below the antique is the copy I made. Its made from birch and maple and has a detachable pad. Currently I only have the spoon bit for it.

When I get old tools like this brace I always wonder who made it, where it traveled, and what it helped create.