Saturday, January 19, 2013

Horned Smoother Part IV

With pencil, I outlined the shape of the throat, scrolls, abutments, cheeks, and bed. Then I started chopping.

Here are progress shots along with descriptions. 

The result after roughing out the
waste with a mortising chisel.
After this, I'll open the mouth, cut the area below the break angle, and finalize the angle of the shallow walls of the abutments (the parts that hold the wedge in place).


Mark Hochstein said...

Cool! I Can't wait to see it when it's done. Are you making your own blade as well?

ChrisHasFlair said...

Hi Kari,

Is "abutments" the proper term or just a suitable word that you used? I was trying to recall if there was a proper term while building my scrub plane but couldn't think of one.


Mark Fairchild said...

Nice project Kari and kudos to you for taking it on. I'd be curious to hear your opinions on solid body versus Krenov style wooden planes since I know you use both. I did some checking on Whelen's book, "Making Traditional Style Wooden Planes" and sadly, it's been out of print for more than a year. The usual sources for the book are either out of them or are selling at obscenely high prices (as much as $1700 on Amazon). I wrote to the publisher asking when there may be a reprint and they responded by saying there are no immediate planes for another printing (some sort of issue with the illustrations), nor is there any plan for an electronic version (too easy to pirate). So sadly, or perhaps happily, those of us with interest in this area will have to rely on each other, those who have done it before and our own ingenuity to figure it all out. Thanks for the great photos and sharing this with the rest of us.

Kari Hultman said...

I can't wait to get to the carving part, Mark. This is a really fun project. I bought my blade when LV was having a sale on shipping. They're not all that expensive when you factor in having to cut your own steel, shape the blade, heat treat, temper, and sharpen. With wider blades like this one, tempering can be tricky if you don't have a forge. It's challenging to get the blade heated equally across its width with just Mapp and propane torches because the flame isn't very wide.

Chris, that is the term I've found in my books to describe that shallow wall that keeps the wedge in place. The outer side wall of the abutment that leads to the throat--I'm not sure if this is also called part of the abutment (which is what I call it) or if it's considered part of the cheek. I'm calling the cheek portion the flat walls that are on either side of the wedge.

Mark, wow--$1700! That's crazy. I bought my books many years ago for regular prices so I had no idea that Whelan's book had skyrocketed. All the more reason to go into lots of detail as I'm building this plane.

The only difference between solid-body and Krenov planes is the construction and features of the bodies; both work exactly the same way and equally as well. I merely prefer the look of traditional planes.

Kees said...

I a very curious how you are going to carve these scrolls in front of the mouth opening. I always wondered how to do that

DonPeregoy said...

Hi Keri
The price of out of print books gets way out of line. It's a little hard to imagine who makes to up the market. I have sometimes overcome this by going to to find the title then use the "find in library" link . Some libraries have exchange agreements and may be able to bring it in for you. Never hurts to check.

DonPeregoy said...

Kari - How embarrassing sorry for the mistype.

Kari Hultman said...

Kees, so am I....

Don, that's a great idea to use the library system. I couldn't figure out where your typo was so I asked Nancy. I never would have noticed! :o)