Life lesson. Never say no to Alec Steele. He asked if I'd be interested in coming up with a collaborative project and my answer was "OMG yes!" We decided to make a high angle smoother plane. Damascus steel blade, hand forged by Alec, and the plane body, sculpted by me. Originally there were going to be two blades and two planes, but blacksmithing is hard! One of the blades didn't pass QC so Alec moved ahead with just the single blade.
This is a high angle smoother plane. It is made to take thin layers of wood off of lumber to leave a super smooth surface that requires minimal sanding. This is especially useful for highly figured wood.
Speaking of highly figured wood, the body of the plane is made out of some amazing curly walnut. For a little extra flair, I added a paduak racing strip to the right side. The Rockler Bandy Clamps made the glue ups a breeze.
Hand planes are devilishly easy to make, but incredibly difficult to make right. I did a ton of research before getting started to calculate angles, size, shape, and even materials to give myself the best chance of success. If I someday decide this design doesn't work for me anymore, I can simply build another one. The blade isn't going anywhere! All the angled cuts were made on the Rockler Table Saw Sled so I could do them safely and accurately. This is possibly my number one favourite tool from Rockler. The sled is perfect.
I roughed out the shape on the bandsaw before sculpting the shape with files, chisels and sandpaper. The Rockler T-Track Table made this so easy since I was able to flip, rotate and adjust the placement of the plane so I could easily trim wherever I needed to. Once I was happy with the shape and it fit my hands nicely I sanded for hours. Every surface was sanded to 400.
To compliment the paduak stripe I chose a 1/4" copper rod instead of the more traditional brass rod. I drilled the hole, polished the rod and hammered it home. Friction is enough to keep it from going anywhere. The wedge was cut from scrap and sanded to fit perfectly against the blade. The fit of the wedge is extremly important to how well the plane performs.
After ensureing all parts of the plane work together perfectly I applied 2 coats of danish oil. It gave the plane a beautiful low luster finish while bringing out the figure of the wood perfectly. After a few weeks I will come back and give it a light waxing.
I think thats everything... Be sure to check out the 3 videos Alec made showing how the plane blade was forged. It's incredible to watch and Alec's energy is infectious. You will just be happy after watching. Also a big thank you to Rockler for supporting not only me, but so many makers around the world.
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