Since beginning woodworking some 20-odd years ago I’ve used metal hand planes. A brief try with Mujingfang wooden planes soon saw a return to the metal Wester style. I couldn’t get on with the lack of knob & tote or the necessity to adjust the blade with a hammer, in Chinese planes.
I hadn’t got a jointer, though. The metal ones are rather unwieldy, as I know having tried a Veritas then sold it on ebay because it didn’t suit me. But having recently made a wooden plane from a kit, for a woodworking “pupil”, and found it very pleasing to use, I decided I’d acquire a wooden jointer.
Gary Blum makes wooden planes with a very unusual adjustment method. In fact, the whole blade and frog gubbins is very unusual. I felt the curiosity to try one so eventually acquired one …. although it did spend some time getting from the USA to Wales …. via Japan! (No, I don’t know why it went that way).
I’m very impressed with the Blum jointer. Light to use and remarkably effective with the difficult grain timbers. But it prompted the thought: could I make my own jointer in a more conventional Western style? By now I’d made two wooden planes, with the second even more impressive in it’s abilities than the first – and I am no expert tool maker. No. But it’s not that difficult to make a wooden plane.
So I’ve begun. A core made from a 24 inch long blank of old-growth and very dense sapele, with a hard maple sole and afromosia cheeks. The blade will be a Veritas bevel-up blade mounted bevel-down, at 50 degrees. They’re thick and not chatter prone, so no chip breaker needed. The adjustment will use a Veritas Norris adjuster with the very fine thread, directly located in the sapele core of the plane.
Is anyone interested in wooden plane making of the less usual kind (those Krenov wedgie ones with no adjuster and a cap iron)? I’ll post some pics and blurb to see.