When I was breaking down yellow birch for the last production of moulding planes for Time Warp Tool Works, I ended up with one block about 3 inches square and 10 inches long, with a partial live edge along one surface. It was too small to use as a moulding plane and it seemed to fit nicely in my hand, so I set it aside with the idea of making it into a hand plane.
This was the result.
Some experimentation was required to make the back of the plane comfortable to hold. I swept the sidewalls in behind the blade on both sides and rounded over the top of the heel. I wasn’t concerned with the checking seen in the heel.
I carved the bed and escapement from the solid blank and fit the wedge and a Veritas PM-V11 blade. Although I have worked a little with this new powdered steel, this is the first piece of it that I have owned.
I used West Systems epoxy to attach a lignum vitae sole for smooth planing and a hard-wearing surface. (I first tried a PVA glue after wiping the Lignum vitae with mineral spirits, but the bond wasn’t very strong and I was able to peel the sole off the body.)
I’m interested to know what you think of this plane. Do you like the look? Let me know in the comments section.