Pinus strobus Hand Plane
I love wooden planes. I love making them and most of all I love the sound they make as they take shavings from wood. The other day I was experimenting with using softwood for the body of a Krenovian-style plane. At best guess I’ve made about 20 of this style of plane with the majority of them made from a tough wood of some type. Maple, sapele, rosewood and king wood to name a few but the other day I wondered about making a pine plane.
Now obviously pine would not wear well so I soled the plane with an 1/8” of bubinga. I have also discovered that the hardest part about setting this style of plane for me is setting the wedge. I would constantly go back and forth between too heavy and too light of a cut, so to fix that I’m using a mechanical wedge in the form of an insert and screw. With this set up I can set the wedge and make the adjustments to the plane without having to worry about changing the setting while hammer setting the wedge. The plane adjusts in the same manner as any other adjuster-free plane - A few light hammer taps here and there gets you were you want to go.
The results the plane left behind were stellar. It was great performance with a nice lightweight body. I think weight is important for shooting but for smoothing and stock prep I’ve been leaning towards a lighter plane. This pine model is only 25% lighter than an all-bubinga plane so in the end you’re not losing that much weight.
I’m going to continue to experiment with this light weight version and use them more often to see how they last…I will keep you posted.
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