I HAVE 2 OF THESE AVAILABLE AT THIS PRICE, BOTH WERE CLASS DEMOS USED FOR 2 DAYS. BOTH LOOK EXCELLENT AND WILL BE CLEANED BEFORE THEY SHIP AND THEY WILL WORK JUST LIKE A BRAND NEW ONE!
I don't usually get attached to the planes I make. I look at them as someone else's from the day I start building, but this one is a major soft spot on me. It's built on my New Style Smoother platform, which is the best unhandled plane I've ever used, but it's the infills that really get me. I had been wanting to make a plane from some "real" Curly Pink Jarrah for a long time, but I had trouble finding stock that was close to dry and stable and if it was, there were checks all over it. I finally found some large sections that had been dry for over 30 years and had them shipped to me. When you look at the wood in it's unfinished state it has a cherry-ish color with a figured maple-type grain structure. This is nice and all, but not enough to really "grab" you. It was not very fun to work with(it's got more curls that a red-headed Irish girl) and the grain rises and falls constantly, but when you get it prepped and finished with 9 coats of oil, the grain is so amazing and unique that it cannot be compared to anything. The color will darken like cherry does over time, but the "rays" will always remain the light amber color. The body of this plane is made from O1 tool steel and is 6.75" long with a 3/16" thick, 1-5/8" wide O1 Iron. The bed angle is 57 degrees, which is an in-between angle for most of my smoothers. This plane will work flawlessly on any wood, but it really shines on exotic woods that have tricky or varying grain. With a super-tight mouth and the thicker iron it will do things that you thought you needed a scraper for and leave you with a perfect, finish-ready surface. The lever cap is made from naval brass and the cap screw is made from 954 bronze. This new design took me about 2 years to perfect and it was well worth every second of it. The plane fits in your hands perfectly and is comfortable to hold for long periods. It will be the only smoothing plane you'll need.