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I call these “hybrid” infills. The essential design element is an infill block that presses against a fixed, metal frog. I welcome any thoughts, ideas, and -yes- criticisms.
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These are the shizzle, mon ami. Right down bad to the brass bone up the handle. Dig the design too.
Criticism? LOL How about many Kudos from envious hand plane admirers. I believe this to be one of the nicer and best finished one of a kind planes I have seen lately. Very well done. I hope you use the heck out of this fine tool.
The more I look at it the more I like it...That is a piece of art I would proudly display in my home
I agree with Redric. His questions are my own. I would really like an article or series of articles on the the design, construction and use of home-made handtools of this quality. I really miss the Gallery in the Tools&Shops Annual this displayed the handtools made my readers. This arena of woodworking has become a growing fascination for me. Perhaps Konrad Sauer could write the series of articles.
It's difficult to find any fault with this plane.
It has the essential infill with a dovetailed slide to hold the handle firmly, has a good adjustment mechanism and looks to be well-made in every respect. I have no problem with the steel pins instead of traditional peened dovetails on the sole-sides. Peening metal dovetails requires extra labor yet provides little extra mechanical strength over pins, if any. Personally, I would prefer such a plane with the pins since it has all the functionality but should be slightly less expensive than one with hand-peened dovetails.
The design is esthetically pleasing too. I particularly like the handle which looks sturdy yet elegant.
Perhaps this is the only criticism I could make, and it is a small one: The front handle or "knob" seems a bit too squarish. I'm sure it is comfortable enough and serves its purpose, but it doesn't match the shapely detail of the handle. Reshaping the front knob is the only thing I could see from these pictures that might make the instrument more appealing.
Beautiful work Sir!
I love the look of the plane. I'm sure it handles very well too.
I like cats too!!
I don't feel qualified to criticize this work. I think it's beautiful. How do you begin the process of learning how to make something like this? Do you actually use it as a tool yourself? What advantages have you found with this plane?
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