Tuesday, 3 November 2015
Another High Angled Smoother
After my first attempt at a new plane, I thought I'd have another go, this time in rare Andaman padauk. This was one of James Krenovs favourite woods and I bought a few precious planks from Alan Peters widow a few years back.
I bought some brass M5 bolts for the bridge and I reduced the head in diameter, although they still seemed a bit large. I've got used to them now and I think they look ok.
Instead of polishing up the bridge and screw head I sanded them to 320 grit which I think looks nice.
This is not a spectacular timber but the colour really seems to glow and I love it. It will darken down in time to a deep red, unlike the African padauk which turns pretty quickly from bright red to grey.
I finished it with two coats of Devon Wood oil which gave a nice Matt finish with just a hint of sheen, just right for this wood.
And here it is next to the first one in Brazilian Tulipwood.