One thing I hope to do more of in the shop this winter is work with planes I’ve made. Here’s one I made several years ago, the dimensions were based on an eighteenth-century Dutch plane I saw in a museum collection. There are a few of these small, scroll-shaped planes dated from the seventeenth century as well.
This plane works pretty well, but I’ve only used it sporadically. I have it ground as a “fore” plane as the English would call it.
I’m going to try to fine-tune it a bit, mostly working at a new wedge to really tighten the blade. As it stands now, there is a little chatter. The iron was hand-made by Mark Atchison. It’s quite thin, as most seventeenth-century plane irons were. Here’s another iron Mark made for me, this one ground pretty straight across.
Today I was making a small box lid in white oak, & I used this plane to bring the stock down to thickness by planing across the grain. Worked really well.
I have a larger plane, that is now a little beat up – well, really a lot beat up. It split apart a few years ago, and I glued & nailed it back together. I see it has a new split, so I will finally give up on it and make a new version.
It’s based on one from the shipwreck Mary Rose of 1545. If you are not familiar with that ship, it’s a treasure trove of sixteenth-century stuff, including carpenters’ tools. There are about 15-20 planes that were recovered. Here’s the website for the museum: http://www.maryrose.org/
Another tool I copped from the Mary Rose is this chalkline reel. I often get grief from visitors to my shop when I pull out a modern chalkline, so today I finally started practicing with the period version. Works well…a little slower than the modern one, but that’s fine with me. Slowing down a bit will probably be good for me.