For my Osage orange smoothing plane, which has a 50 degree bed angle, I decided to create my own body style and so I strayed from the traditional design.
|The Osage orange smoother body before shaping|
|Some of the shaping is visible on the front of the plane; I did less shaping on the rear|
|My teak jack plane in the process of being shaped|
I've not yet started on shaping the 22 inch white oak jointer. That will come tomorrow.
|My teak jointer and Osage orange smoother as they near completion|
|Some of the 12 planes being built in the class this week|
Need I say that I'm having a lot of fun--and learning a lot too!--in this class? When I update my book on handplanes, Choosing and Using Handplanes, I plan to include a chapter on wooden handplanes, which are quickly becoming favorites in my handplane collection.