My friend Ron Brese makes amazing hand planes:
— Al Navas
By Al Navas
By Al Navas
Following the glue-up, I clamped the plane for several hours. But I could not wait longer – if you have ever been in the maternity waiting room at the hospital, waiting for your first child to be born, you know what I mean.
I removed the clamps, cleaned up the glue on the bottom, inserted a temporary wedge to tension the plane, and squared the bottom to the best side on the jointer. After that I sanded the bottom using 150 grit paper on the cast iron table on the table saw; this is the first time I actually brushed off the fine dust after every two strokes of the plane on the sandpaper. Finally, I drew some outlines, freehand, on one of the cheeks, and cut to the lines on the band saw. A little shaping with rasps, and I ran out of patience – I had to try it out!
The first trial, on one edge of a walnut scrap:
This shaving looks good, but is it thick, or thin? I wondered, as I looked at it:
The shaving was just under two thousands of an inch (0.002″) thick:
Then I had to tinker with the shape a little more, until time to go to the house:
The mouth is still not quite right, as sometimes shavings will jam. I shaped the mouth opening to run almost parallel to the surface of the iron:
As you can see, I got careless with the file, and chewed up part of the cheek during two misplaced strokes (the unsafe edge…). I can barely see a little light between the tip of the iron and the front of the mouth, so I still have some room to refine the shape. I will keep playing with this new hand plane, and will use it in one of the projects I am working on. I’ve got to work out the kinks in the mouth!
The Brese Plane iron is great – I did not even touch the sharp edge prior to this trial run!
By Al Navas
Christopher Schwarz moderated this session on the second day of Woodworking in America in Berea, KY. Robin Lee and Thomas Lie-Nielsen participated. Highlights of items covered during this session:
Summary (from notes I took during the session – but everything is on the video):
Now for the good stuff:
Using a Veritas bevel-up plane as an example, Schwarz explained:
Starting about 45 minutes into the session, the panel took questions from the audience. This was a great session with two major players on the tool manufacturing side, an amateur woodworker who doubles as a magazine editor, and an audience hungry for information.