|This plane will win no beauty contest.|
|Jens and Jonas. The Swedish Hoarde is on the bench.|
My intention was to rehab these planes one of these days and see if I could use them. Nothing happened because I like my Veritas BU Jack so much and I never really needed these planes. They sat collecting dust waiting for me to someday get to them.
To make this long story even longer, I have been watching David W.'s series about building a wooden try plane. I wound up with a ginormous slab of quatersawn 12/4 beech the last time I was at the lumberyard, so this project has launched itself in to the "do soon" category.
|12/4 beech on the roofrack of a VW. That's not something you see everyday.|
In the meantime, my list seems to add three projects every time I finish one.
While I was working on tapering some ash legs for a staked desk, I was thinking about the thick shavings I saw on YouTube with that wooden jack.
The other day, I got as far as tapering my foursquare legs to a tapered shape on one leg, and two sides of another before I was worn out with my BU jack. Today I wanted to finish that up, and maybe get some octagonalizing done on them.
I had forgotten about this little wooden jack plane until I saw it when I walked in my shop today. I thought, "Huh! It's too bad I didn't rehab that plane already or I could use it for this project. Perhaps I'll just see if the iron could be sharpened quickly and see what this thing can do."
Instead of that, I gave the iron a couple taps in the mouth of the plane to set it to a course cut to see what it would do.
|A shaving in the mouth.|
|I would break my arm making shavings this thick with my BU jack.|
It feels light, is easy to push, takes incredibly thick shavings with no tear out (unless going really bad against the grain), and made quick work of tapering the rest of the desk legs.
I actually finished the whole job of tapering the rest of the legs without ever taking the blade out to sharpen. I think the double iron forgives a multitude of sins in this matter.
The mouth of this plane is a little different than an English or an American plane. Everything is very triangular, but I suppose it works. The plane is 20 inches long and has a blade 2 1/8 inches wide.
|Here is a view of the mouth. You really can't see anything in this photo.|
|I think you still can't see anything of worth.|
|This one is a little better.|
|Can you see the annular rings?|
|You can even see rays in the grain on the sole!|
|Maybe they thought they could set the wedge with a felling axe?|
|Another glamour shot.|
|If you can see through the rust, there is an EA Berg logo there.|
Don't get me wrong, I love my BU jack, especially the versatility of the plane. But, this old woodie does the one thing a jack plane should - remove a lot of wood fast. I don't think I would use this one for shooting, or smoothing, jointing or any of the other things that the BU jack does pretty well, but for a single purpose tool, this one nails it.
|I used it to taper these legs.|
|I made this Krenov jack plane a couple years ago, but it doesn't get much use.|
|Very fine shavings, indeed!|
|Finished tapered octagonal desk leg.|