Flying off the handle

Once the metal was all cleaned up on the Stanley #7, it was time to address the problem of using the durn thing.  I suppose you could try to use it Krenov style, without any sort of appurtenance to grip, but that seems a little silly in this case.  A nice set of the original rosewood furniture from eBay would probably be in the $60 range, plus shipping.  Too bad I don’t know anyone who could just make me a set…

Oh yeah!

I chose cherry for this particular plane, but you could use almost anything.  Printable templates for plane totes can be found here.  Of course, you could also make a pattern…


The real trick to this is to orient your grain correctly.  This is kind of an awkward shape to work with.  If you orient the grain to run along the short bit at the top end, you end up with short grain in the thin bit at the bottom.  The answer is to split the difference so that it doesn’t run completely along either the top or bottom, but to make a good compromise (where neither is really happy).  The printable templates above will guide you in your grain orientation.

Drill and counterbore the holes for your threaded rod before you start shaping anything.  It’s easier to align everything that way.


Then saw out the square-edged shape.


Finally, fair your curves with a rasp.  I sand to 400 grit, whiskering between grits.  A coat of oil is all this will need to be ready for service.