Friday, February 14, 2014

Pressing Pins and Testing a Recently Completed Winter Panel Plane, Could There be a Better Time of Year for a Winter Panel Plane?

I thought it was most appropriate that I be finishing up a Winter Panel Plane during the recent weather events. I was lucky. Our electricity service was not interrupted during the recent Ice storm in the southern part of the U.S.

This plane has the same features as the Winter Smoother I posted about just a few weeks ago, it's just a larger format plane. Macassar Ebony wooden bits and brass with a patina'd finish. The acquisition of double diffused soft box lights has me back in the game of shooting shop video. There are a couple of instructional type videos I've been meaning to shoot. Maybe the new lighting will inspire me to get those completed.

Besides plane making I have a couple woodworking projects in process at this time. Julie has reminded me that some of these projects have been, supposedly, in process for quite some time and that I need to get some of these finished. The reed in our dining chair seats is breaking down and I have one ready for re-hab. The old reed is removed and a new black finish has been applied to the chair frame. We're just waiting on Shaker Tape seating material to arrived in order to complete the new seat in that chair. I've watched several videos on this process so I'm ready to have to a go.

Back to the Winter Panel Plane:

The side Profile Picture

The Reach in and grab it by the tote picture

The overall view

 details of the toe

these views show the knob seat and the toe details such as the way the plane sides are blended into the sole in lieu of just being scabbed on.

This plane body has brass pins pressed in at strategic points in both pieces of the sole. The fit is called an interference fit, which basically means the pins are slightly larger than the holes where they are to reside. A friend I worked with many years ago would have termed this process as "end of the world stuff", in the context of making stuff that would last quite a long time.

Photo Bench

The video below shows the installation of the one of the brass dowel pins and some testing of the completed plane. Best viewing is had by changing the quality to 720p and viewing full screen.



  1. I just had an ah-ha moment. I had purchased white heavy 48" wide plotter paper for my background on my "studio". ( It looks a whole lot like yours.

    BUT !!! Brown paper would be a very good alternate !! Always great to learn from others...

    THANKS... Of course the plane is just beautiful.

  2. Bartee, white works well and effectively increases the light, however it doesn't always give me the greatest contrast with steel. The brown background contrast the body of the plane much better than white, even though on a plane with brass sides the white works very well.