While working in the shop making rabbet planes, I decided to snap a few pictures to show how I create some of the details. I use a series of custom-made layout tools to establish my layout lines for the double-conical escapement. I carve it mostly with a short bent gouge, but also use a bench chisel.
Here is what the escapement looks like, fully shaped. At this point, I still need to clean up the bed.
Some of the birch has some incredibly complex figure that poses a real challenge to plane without causing tearout. For this side of this rabbet plane, I need to ensure my blade is razor sharp and set for the absolute finest shaving with the tightest mouth to successfully work it.
This is what the plane looks like, spare of fancy details. I think that it looks pretty good, but it would be uncomfortable to use because of all the sharp corners.
My next step is to detail the plane, which includes rounding over the top two corners and adding bevels to increase comfort.
Here’s what the rabbet plane body looks like detailed. Notice the profile drawn on the wedge, ready to be cut.
After cutting the wedge to shape, I apply a the finish and we write an e-mail to the buyer letting them know that their order is ready to be shipped!
Soon, I’ll be starting work on our brand new #10 (5/8″), then #4 (1/4″) hollow and round moulding planes.