Monday, November 03, 2008

New Shoulder Plane

Hi Folks
Right - I promised some pictures.
This is the prototype of my shoulder plane design. It's made from Rosewood and brass, with the sole fixed to the body with a sliding dovetail. In use the plane is very comfortable and has a good weight to it - I'm very pleased!
I am about to make two more, one 3/4 inch wide in African Blackwood , the other 1 1/4 wide in Pau Rosa. They should be ready by the end of the week, and I hope to take them to Kentucky with me to get some feedback on the design.
Back to the workshop......


Anonymous said...

I like the idea of the extra weight given by the thicker Brass sole. The waist also being deeper looks stiffer than some of the 'Mock-up' patterns.


Anonymous said...

That looks very nice, Phil. I should think it's quite heavy, with the weight low down, which would be good.

Cheers ;-)

Paul Chapman

Ethan said...

Ah, Phil, a thing of beauty!

To paraphrase a recent comment by Patrick Leach (regarding a rosewood stuffed infill shoulder plane he just listed for sale in his November Tool List)...

It looks like all you'll need to do is give it a slight slope and it will plane the wood itself.

Great job, Phil! Wish I could see it in Kentucky, but I'm not going to be able to make it. Ah, well. Maybe next time.

Philly said...

Thanks, Chas, Paul. I think you'll it.
Ethan - very kind :) Really looking forward to Kentucky - although it is gettting way too close! Maybe next time?
Best regards

Anonymous said...

Looks a beaut Phil, think you're gettig the hang of this !

Might even tempt a non-woody plane type like me !!!

All the best, Paul (aka Chisel !)

Philly said...

All part of my plan, Paul ;)
Best regards

Anonymous said...

Philly I think your decision re a thicker brass sole is wise my HNT 11/4 shoulder plane's sole moves around so I spend time flattening it each time I pick it up(not that often).
Enjoy WW in USA