Thisproject beganby chance, after seeingsome plane realizations on the net. I usedwhatIhad at home,includinga new old Hirch (made in Germany) iron andchipbreakerthat my friend Cirogave mea coupleof yearsago.
Theplanebodyisash;I really like it, solid, compact, enough easy towork.Thesole andwedge arewenge. Thelight-dark contrastis very nice.
The wood button used to releasethe cutting groupand setting theblade always attracted me,so Iplaced a wenge oneinthe back of the plane.
Not havinga right sized ash piece, I proceededto gluing upthreepiecesof approx. 3cm thick.
Iexcavatedthe throat cavitybyForstnerbitsas deep aspossible,continuingwith a1" Japanese-styleFirmerchisel (Atsunomi). To get theexactbedangle(60°)I used the chisel with abeech guideblockclampedto thetop body.
Istamped"S60" on the back. S meansSmootherand 60 is forindicating theseat angle. To obtainthe moldingson the cornersIusedthe belt sander, takingthe planein contactwith the abrasive tape for fewseconds. I obtained the wenge button drilling it by a cup saw.
Adouble solereally helpstoget avery tight mouth. Thewengeis a wood veryresistant to wear, but hastendencyto chip, sobe very carefulduringchiselling around the mouth.
Thesole has beenleveled onsandpaper glued to aflat surface(120 and 180 Grit).