Monday, March 09, 2009
Smooth As A........
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......... ;)