From the Workshop

December 22, 2009

A71 Norris Type transitional

Filed under: Specials — Tags: , , , — admin @ 8:55 am

Two copies of a Norris A71 which were commissioned


1 A71 Norris type transitional


2 A71 Norris type transitional


3 A71 Norris type transitional


4 A71 Norris type transitional


  1. Does this offer any clues as to what you plan on doing with the dovetailed transitional planes? I’m sure I’m not alone in saying I can’t wait to see what you have in mind for completing them! I can’t imagine that you are planning on cutting through the soles as one would traditionally (and looks like was done on these) do to hollow the blade cavity out.


    Comment by edgar — December 22, 2009 @ 5:46 pm

  2. Actually, I believe I misspoke. On second glance, it appears as though I was mistaking the exposed quatersawn grain for resaw cuts. It shouldn’t surprise me that you hollowed the cavity using a mill.

    Comment by edgar — December 22, 2009 @ 5:49 pm

  3. Hi Edgar

    You have worked out the answer yourself. Yes the throat area is cut out using the mill. I do not put my trust into adhesives which is why when using a laminated sole (as in my T21) I have used a positive jointing method. Even if the glue breaks down the joint is still mechanical. The T21 blog will be started very soon – probably over Christmas.


    Comment by admin — December 23, 2009 @ 8:54 am

  4. Looking at these lovely photos of the unique tools reminds me that when you see a tool stamped “Karl Holtey”or even an unstamped model it means no compromise! I am looking forward to the T21 blog over Christmas just hope it doesn’t clash with the Queens speech or Dr Who!

    Merry Christmas to all readers of Karls Blog

    Comment by Dave — December 23, 2009 @ 10:14 am

  5. Hi Dave

    Haven’t you heard of the I-player, you can watch The Queen later.


    Comment by admin — December 23, 2009 @ 12:22 pm

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