Monthly Archives: June 2015

Ready to use Tools

Panel Raising Plane with test cut panel and User Guide.

Panel Raising Plane with test cut panel and User Guide.

Spill plane with test spills ready to ship.

Spill plane with test spills ready to ship.

When a customer orders a plane from Red Rose Reproductions,  they can be assured that it has been individually tested in the shop before shipping.  In fact, a test piece, or a bundle of spills, goes in the box with plane.  They also come with a users guide for assistance in set up, use and care of the tool.  I want satisfied customers, and believe this to be a top priority.

Also, I am planning to have the panel raising plane available at the Lie-Nielsen event in July, after which it will be available here in the store.

Panel Raising Planes ready for Finish

The next few panel raising planes are complete except for the finish, which will be started today.  I only have three in this partial batch, so if anyone is interested, do not wait too long.  They will be listed in the store as soon as they are done. I hope to make more in the future, but there are other projects coming first, and it may be a while until these are available again.  These are made of quarter sawn American Beech, with O-1 blades, sharp and ready to go out of the box.  More information about these planes is available in this post.  Here are the results in a test cut using poplar.

VLUU L200  / Samsung L200

A New Publication

It is with great anticipation that I am waiting for a new magazine, published by Joshua Klein to make its debut this coming winter.  Mortise & Tenon, projected to be printed annually, is meant to bring together the  furniture maker,  conservator, and scholar into one publication, sharing the history, construction and preservation of early American furniture.  What will make this magazine stand out of the crowded field of current woodworking publications now available is the singular approach to the subject, with a clean layout uncluttered with ads and well written, thorough  articles. To me, it will be a breath of fresh air to experience a publication of this caliber, and I believe to many others who are hungry for this kind of information that is not available anywhere else.

Joshua has taken the approach of using sponsor partnerships in lieu of advertisers, all of which are selected by their relevancy to the core mission of M&T.  Red Rose Reproductions is pleased and honored to have been selected as a sponsor for the debut issue number one.  Sign up for email updates and pre-order information here.

Progress with the Panel Raising Plane

The next few Panel Raising Planes are taking shape, with the wedge fitting completed.  This along with cutting and truing the throat are the most time consuming and challenging part of making this tool.  I wanted to show a few pictures of the process to illustrate how I go about it.  First, the sides of the abutments are carefully floated flat, especially the left side, where the blade will be registered against.

VLUU L200  / Samsung L200

Notice the many layout lines.  Some are knifed in, while others are penciled.  Starting with a flat square blank, and having accurate layout lines is essential.  I should also note that I use several floats with modified sides ground at about 15 deg. for getting into the acute corners.  This is what the nearly finished mouth looks like.

VLUU L200  / Samsung L200

The wedge is a challenge to cut and hold.  The blank is made with plenty of extra length which gives a place to clamp to.After ripping the two sides of the wedge blank at an angle on the table saw, I use a simple fixture that holds the wedge at the same skew angle as when it is in the plane, and cut the wedge taper of 12 deg. on the bandsaw.

VLUU L200  / Samsung L200

 The need for the extra length is apparent in this photo, giving a place for the clamp to hold the wedge in such a way that it does not interfere with the plane when smoothing the top of the taper. (The clamp tip can just be seen at the extreme left of the photo.) It is clamped to a piece of scrap wood in the vice. This is trial and error until the wedge fits snugly on both sides, and top and bottom.  I aim for a fit that will wedge in place with hand pressure.  I will use a pencil to darken the top of the tapers, and set the wedge with a hammer.  After releasing, I look for a transfer of the pencil along both sides, indicating good contact with the wedge.

VLUU L200  / Samsung L200

The last step is to check the bed for full contact of the blade at the mouth opening.  I use a candle to soot the bottom of the blade, and place into the plane.  After setting the wedge, the blade is advanced a few taps, and removed from the body.  The high spots show up from the soot, and are carefully floated away until the area at the mouth is where full contact is being made.  Sometimes the wedge needs minor adjusting during this process.  After this process, the wedge is ready for the final shaping.  The sole of the plane will be finished, and the blade ground to match, and heat treated.  I will sharpen and test each plane until it cuts well, and then clean up all surfaces, and add chamfers and other details. Anyone interested in this plane is encouraged to contact me since there are only a few to finish out this batch, and I am not sure when they will be made again with the other projects I am planning.

VLUU L200  / Samsung L200

Panel Raiser out of Stock

The Panel Raising Plane is currently out of stock, but there are a few more in the works that should be finished this month.  These are highly labor intensive, and I am not sure just when another batch will be completed beyond these.  If you have an interest, contact me and I will reserve it for you when completed.  Read more about this plane here.  Thank you for your patience.