... I pulled out the little
German ryoba double-edged saw and ripped it to thickness.
Both sides were then planed flat. I used "Richard", my infill
panel plane for this job... the grain was reversing more than my
missus trying to park... and "Richard" doesn't give a hoot about
that little inconvenience! (the grain not her parking!!)
The obligatory shaving shots are included... it seemed only
right... Next week I will mark the body up, ready for
Shaping the Handle
Today I tidied up the outline to an accurate shadow line this
time and then set about shaping the centre hand hold.
I discussed the old processes involved in this with others at
Richard Arnold's charity event and speculated that originally
they would have put this in a jig and turned it on a lathe. The
reason I think this is that there are witness circle cuts
decorating the far ends of the shaping and these are perfect
But most people I spoke to figured I could do it by hand - eye
and rasp - yeh, right! Ok, here you go - my attempt at getting
it right follows!
The main tool for this is a continental hand-stitched rasp from
Workshop Heaven. It's a very aggressive tool for hogging off
material, but the random stitching makes it surprisingly
controllable and quite subtle too when necessary.
Hand stitched rasps are ideal for this sort of work.
The irregular pattern of the stitching allows for fast hogging
of material but if you back off the cut a slight amount, a
fairly fine finish can be achieved.