Wednesday 9 May 2012
I've started a small batch of jointer planes, one of which will be for a left handed woodworker. The wood I'm using is Goncalo Alves which is a very hard, heavy and attractive timber.
Here are some Lignum Vitae soles cut 3mm thick and left to dry for 3 years.
The soles are glued on using Gorilla glue as the Lignum is so oily. I should get some commission from Bessey for this shot!!
I checked the flatness of my bench (which I should do more often!) and spent 15 minutes flattening it. This much easier planing across the grain for the most part. I remember visiting Alan Peters workshop and seeing his workbenches worn down to the bolts. Apparently his wife Laura said he was meticulous about having a flat bench.
Here are the blanks marked up ready for the dowle holes to be drilled prior to separating on the band saw.
I clean up the band saw marks with a Stanley No 81 scraper with a Ron Hock blade, a great tool!
Clamping up a plane with as many clamps as I could fit on.