Friday, November 22, 2013

A mini coffin smoother in cocobolo

Having finished my fore plane, I decided to build a small smoother, one that would be comfortable in one hand (but could still be used two-handed). A couple years ago, I built a laminated plane like this, but it came unglued. That was the decisive event that drove me to give up laminated planes and start mortising solid bodies.
Anyway, here is what I came up with:

I'm quite pleased with the look of this plane, but even more pleased with the performance! For one-handed work, I've always used a Stanley 60 1/2. It's very handy, but for any sort of long grain application, this plane has it beat hands down.

1 comment:

  1. So I have heard people say that rosewood is too hard for the wedge to work properly. These same people say white oak works better, wood with some resiliency. Do you find that to be the case or does the cocobolo and rosewood function just as well?