|Start of Day 3|
The one on the lower left is Bobbie's and is made of Australian Lacewood and Mahogany. The handled plane on the upper left is Jay's and it's destined to become a scrub plane. The upper right plane belongs to Lupe and the bottom right is Larry's. At this point the bodies have been cut out and readied for the blade, the sides have been dowel on and glued as well as the soleplate. We all used Purple Heart for the soles which is very hard but also pretty brittle as we discovered while forming the planes.
The first order of the day was to smooth out the ramp the blades will sit on. That's what Bobbie is doing on the left with the aid of a long paring chisel. The ramp needs to be smooth so the blade is securely wedged on to it. Lupe is at the sanding stage on her plane.
|Jay's Version of the Scrub Plane|
A tool that I really enjoy working with is a spokeshave, Larry is finding that it worked well for shaping the front of his plane.
The class was stopped after abut an hour and a half to do a sharpening demo, no matter how good your plane iron may be a final honing is required to get the smooth, thin shavings we're aiming for. Lupe was the first of the class to make shavings, you can tell by how thick it is she got a beautiful edge on her iron!
The final step we had time for was finishing the planes with a mixture of boiled linseed oil, turpentine, and polyurethane. We only had time for one application which was sanded into the finish with some 320 wet/dry sandpaper. This is when the wood really shines, like Bobbie's heart shaped, Australian Lacewood example:
Hard to see the beauty of the wood but the look on her face let's you know she's pleased with it!
All in all, this class was quite rewarding and I'm sure they all felt the same. There's something magical about making and creating objects from wood. Now they have a tool that they made and will be able to use for many years to come.