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.

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