From the Workshop

April 20, 2017

Window to my workshop 110

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I have been wondering what to with my stock of snake wood, as you can only use it in small pieces. It seemed fitting to use it on these last A31 Thumb planes. This picture shows the nature of the wood after preparation, it will darken down to a nice brown. It has always been a favourite for knife makers and for pistol handle scales.

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April 13, 2017

Welcome to my workshop 109

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It is rare to get the components from both planes together – full size and one third size. The work is still the same. Despite all the years I have been making these planes I forget the amount of work involved.

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April 12, 2017

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I have had some A31 miniature components stored away for some years, but this did not include the brass sides. With a commitment to build a few full size A31 planes it seemed a good idea at the time, to include these miniatures. If not done now they will never be made. It seems quite remarkable that I have laboured over so many components and acquired so much stock it would be a shame to abandon it. I have nightmares about all those hours never paid for :-) A lot of these components were made before I started blogging. It is a difficult job to convince people that the price does not scale down so I will try and show the story here. More to follow.

 

Holtey miniature A31 a
 
Holtey miniature A31 c
 
Holtey miniature A31 b

April 5, 2017

Window to my workshop 107

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Edge polishing to the sides is usually done with all the sides in a block to keep all the edges true and square.

All my hand work it has to be as good as the machine work, at the risk of looking clinical with no soul :-)

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