In order to maintain the standards and precision that I have always wanted to achieve I have had to take the wooden stuffing away, but still retain
the wooden handles. The changes have been incorporated into my No 98 series. By using a fabricated design I have gained some advantages:
- A better choice of materials
- Easier access
- Improved accuracy all round
- Unrivalled uniformity
- Excellent finishing texture on the internal faces
The material being used in the No 982 is hot rolled black steel which has no stresses. Unlike the No 98, the No 982 uses a combination of screwing
and taper pins, this is extremely strong and adds no stress, compared to peining. I will discuss the importance of stresses in my blog.
All of my wood work is Danish oiled and waxed for the final finish. French polish or lacquer are very poor alternatives and are prone to scratching,
cracking, blooming and is difficult to maintain. The benefits of oiling are easier maintenance and, in this application, has the right finish i.e.
no clogging or veiling of the wood and it allows you to see the true beauty. I have heard it implied that oiling is the easy option, but this couldn’t
be more wrong. Some of the more experienced members of our craft will assure you that the work and standard for the preparation for oiling is considerably
higher because the oiling will show up the slightest blemish.
Development of the 98 series
You might have noticed that the bottoms and sides are much heavier sections than the No 98, (at least 40% extra weight) the extra weight is desirable.
This gives the plane greater accuracy and better stability, less flex in use. Most people would be very surprised if they knew how much these tools
can flex in use.
All the surfaces inside and outside are precision surface ground and hand polished where appropriate. Some people may think this is over the top but
once they have used the plane it might change their outlook. I also think I have managed to retain the classical features of this kind of tool rather
than be too contemporary.
The distinctive angled front bun is for ergonomic reasons. It feels a lot more comfortable to use.
There have never been any hand planes as well made and to such high standards in the history of plane making. I am hoping that the exploded drawing will indeed
convince people as to the design considerations, skill and effort that has gone into the 982’s development, as a well known tool manufacturer said I tend to hide
all my work.