This Boxwood Low-angle Smoother with a bronze
sole and snecked iron was inspired by a plane made by maker
First things first, I need to acknowledge the pioneering and game-changing work
put into this plane design by Ollie Sparks. His work in making a contemporary
version of the plane provided me both inspiration and a firm resolve to attempt
this myself. While there are subtle changes in my plane, I tried to recreate the
work that he had done before.
This plane proved to be the most challenging build for me yet. It was both very
challenging and very instructional. In truth, I had to start and stop this build
many times just to take the necessary mental breaks.
I used a beautiful chunk of English Boxwood provided by Boxwood-monger
extraordinaire, Huw Crompton. It initially measured 7 x 2-1/2 x 3 height. The
final plane would measure 1-5/8 wide x 2-1/2 height x 6 length. It will have
a snecked iron with a Damasteel accent and be 1/8 thick x 2 wide.
The plane specifications are:
Low-angle coffin smoother
Plane Measurements: 1-5/8 wide x 2-1/2
height x 6 length
15 degree bed angle
22 degree wedge angle
Bronze sole plate
Tongue and groove mouth
Tight mouth - 1/16 wide
Bevel up snecked iron - 1/8 thick x 2 wide
Here is how I build it.
After making the birds beak mouth, its time to rough out the
Slowly chopping to the lines.
I found this piece of 1/8 x 2 bronze plate that will make
the sole plate.