Monday, March 09, 2009

Smooth As A........


Hi Folks
Been busy in the workshop again - the hollows and rounds I'm making are coming along nicely (I'm at the boring "metalwork" part at the moment) and I've also made another brass soled smoother. I love how the extra weight of the brass makes this plane a dream to use - you just push the thing forward and let its own weight hold it on the work. And it took wonderful fine shavings first time I tested it - a good sign :)
I used Pau Rosa for the timber - its a very hard, tight grained timber (and called "Pau Rosa" by the Portuguese - literally "rose wood") and I left a little of the sapwood on the upper rear surface. I'll put some better pictures up tomorrow for you to see - I'd be interested in your opinions on the use of sapwood.

Other news - the Philly hair has officially been cut, big time. I'm still a little in shock, so you'll have to wait 'til tomorrow for a picture, but I now look vaguely normal. You've been warned......... ;)
Cheers
Philly

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

More pictures of the plane and pictures of the haircut - can't wait :-)

Cheers,

Paul Chapman

Ed said...

She's a nice looking plane Phil and they are some sweet shavings.

Cheers, Ed

DaveL said...

Oh wispy shavings, slobber....

So you'll get over the hair cut, I had a bread trim, see I am still under here!

Woodbloke said...

Phill- don't get me going on sapwood!..and as for the hair, a No2 or 3 all over? - Rob

Anonymous said...

A haircut!!!! About time :) Looking forward to more piccies of that plane mate.

Cheers
Tony

Anonymous said...

ola!, pau rosa translates to stick rose, madeira is wood in portuguesse, obrigado.

Philly said...

See todays blog, Gents! Cheers!

And thanks for the translation - my Portuguese sucks :)

Philly

Chris Knight said...

A bit more metal, a bit less wood and voilĂ  an infill!