Sunday, July 01, 2007

Mark Two.....


Alright, so I changed my mind! The skew mortise was too inaccurate and I was spending too much time fitting the wedge. So my brain kept pushing the lamination idea...........weak, so weak ;)
And here we are - Dado Plane MKII. Made from Goncalo Alves (my fave planemaking wood) it works like a dream. The lamination method lets you easily make clean and accurate mortises. As for strength, I honestly can't see it being a problem. None of my planes has exhibited any signs of weakness along the glue lines - a good sign!
As a special treat (you may disagree....) I made a small (and pretty terrible) video of the plane in action. Have a look here... I feel the WMV version is better.
Needless to say, I will be doing some work on my videomaking. Stay tuned.........
Cheers
Philly

4 comments:

Dorje said...

Nice work - the video was great to see. What's the width on this plane?

Philly said...

Doeje
Thank you! The plane is 9mm wide.
Philly

Nick W said...

It looks like the nicker is a one-piece unit, is that of your own devising?

Philly said...

Nick
Noo.......a bit of classic "planemaking evolution". As long as you always sharpen the nicker from the "inside" edges it will never get narrower.
It constantly amazes me as I find the answers to most woodworking problems have been solved a couple hundred years ago - pretty humbling. And yet it fills me with pride to help continue (in my own small way) this craft of ours along.
Cheers
Philly