|Plate 19 hollow and round planes in cherry.|
I should be posting about chairs, as it was my idea to do a community chair build in June. I still have time, don't I? Sometimes life gets in the way of well thought out plans, and things don't seem to work out.
I do, however, have some lumber for the chairs. I have some elm seat blanks for some Welsh stick chairs, and I went to the lumber yard the other day and bought some "smoked" oak. This stuff is cool, it looks black all the way through. It should make some neat leg and stick stock.
Ray Schwaneberger has been dutifully building a child's Windsor chair for the June build, so if you would like to see someone talented building a chair, you can start at his blog, Rivings and Shavings.
Anyway, before I can start my chair, I had to finish an old project that has been languishing on my bench. Sadly, this isn't the only one. The good news, is this project was really close to being complete, and I just had to know if these would work out.
Here they are, enjoy a few shots of tool porn:
|The main feature of these is the open mortice.|
|I chose to give them English finishing touches, rather than French.|
|I called these #12 in size, as they describe a circle with a 3/4" radius.|
|They are a little tricky to set up, as the irons and wedges should be resting as far to the left as possible.|
Yes, they do! At least the round does. I still have to sharpen the hollow and fiddle with the wedge for ejecting shavings.
|Here is an example of an escapement from a modern French moulding plane I recently got.|
The big advantage of this style of plane, is that it is far simpler and cheaper to construct. Although I started some moulding planes a while back, I never finished them after I blew out the blind side trying to sink the mortice.
I used stock that was about 1 1/2" thick for the 3/4" iron. That was roughly what it looked like in Roubo's plate 19. I think this is plenty stout, and probably would work if it was a little thinner.
I have some ideas for features to add to this style of plane which will improve functionality and further simplify construction. In other words, stay tuned as I try building a few more sets of these to fill out my plane till.
That is, as soon as I finish a chair.