So ive finally got a chance to mention the one last tools i got on my spree last week. Ive been holding off until i get to show off a project that hinged on the new tool, but i finally got that project pretty well finished, so here the new tool is:
After months of coveting one, i finally have my own MKII honing guide! It only took me 3 days, but i finally managed to get all my bladed implements ground sharp and back into square. Lot of sandpaper used.
So, anyway, project i made. Some people may remember the old jack plane i restored a while back:
Unfortunately, said plane took an unfortunate tumble off a workbench into a concrete floor, causing a crack in the side. Now, if it were just cosmetic id still be using it, but the crack went through the side casting, leaving me able to warp the sole with light hand pressure. In short, useless not, but the blade is decent steel and i was loathe to retire it. So i made a blade holder, to honor the old gal:
Well, more accurately i made a plane. It was a rather interesting build, because it was one of those things where i knew how everythin was supposed together, i knew how it was supposed to work but i couldnt wrap my head around how to make one without making one. My brain is weird like that. Anyway, it was actually pretty easy to get everything together. The main body is hard maple, the sides and tote are cherry and the wedge is red oak, all together everything measures about 14x2.75x2.25. All odds and ends i had as scrap. Originally, the entire plane was meant to be maple but when i drew up the plans, i forgot to account for any saw kerf, necessitating the cherry sides. Ah well, it looks nice. The tote is patterned off that on the old jack plane.
Ive got a couple coats of linseed oil drying on it, but i couldnt resist slapping the blade in earlier in the build just to play with it. Based on the early playing, i think me and my new jack plane are going to get along nicely!