Monthly Archives: February 2016

Panel Raisers Coming Along

The panel raising planes are in progress, with the mouths of the bodies all cut out and the wedges fitted.  This is perhaps the most time consuming operations of making these planes.  While there is still a lot of work to be done, these are off to a strong start.  This is the beech that I traveled to Indiana for in January, and I am pleased with it.  There is a fair amount of spalting present, but it is not punky or soft, and I am able to limit it to the tops of the bodies.  This ensures that the sole of the planes are defect free and will have the best wearing characteristics.

The next operation will be to cut the knicker mortises, and make and fit wedges for the knicker blades.  Compared to the skewed mouths and wedges, this will be easy!

Finished mouth for skewed iron.

Finished mouth for skewed iron.

Wedges fit.

Wedges fit.

The wedges shown above are left long during shaping to make it easier to hold with a clamp.  Once the lower end is complete, they will be cut to length.

Anyone interested, let me know.  I still have a couple available.  $595