From the Workshop

May 19, 2017

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I have seen my work described in forums as analytical and lacking the warmth of a more rustic finish. However, my personal taste is perfection.

To achieve this perfection on the adjusters for my planes, work is intensive and the inletting for them is also time consuming. The system I use is on the CNC milling machine as the quality of work is essential. It is important to have an uninterrupted feed rate using state of the art tungsten carbide tools. This I think is more desirable than a hole that looks like it has been gnawed by a rodent :-)

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April 24, 2017

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That is the adjusters sorted.

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April 20, 2017

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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

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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

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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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March 31, 2017

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During the course of the completion of these two A31 planes – full size and 1/3rd size – I will be posting up comparison photos over the next two months.

It is always amazing to see how small the 1/3rd size plane is.

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November 8, 2012

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These Thumb planes are now finished but I didn’t have time to blog it. However the techniques are the same as on all my other planes.

They are available in Cocobolo, African Black Wood and Boxwood at £3,750 (+ vat if applicable).

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