Our first job was to choose the woods we wanted and to assemble the blanks. I'll be making three planes, a smoother from Osage orange with an applied sole of Ipe and a wedge and retaining rod of the same wood; a 12 inch jack plane from a nice block of teak and a 22 inch jointer of quartersawn white oak that will have an insert just in front of the blade to help with wear at this critical spot. The jack and jointer will have wedges and retaining rods from bubinga.
|Assembling the wood blanks|
|Gluing up two white oak boards; squeeze-out is good!|
|The white oak boards clamped up|
|Teak blank for jack plane|
After selecting our wood, we jointed a smooth edge for the bottom and also one side. When glue-ups were called for we did those, rough cut our wedges to shape (we'll rasp and sand them later) and cut off the cheese so we can get to the interior.
More to come!