Monday, April 7, 2008
Beta testing an infill kit
Ron Brese of Brese Plane recently asked me to be a beta tester for one of his new small smoother infill kits. I was happy to oblige, and honestly a bit flattered. Although I've been using pre-WWII Stanleys and Lie-Nielsen planes for over a decade, I've never touched an infill plane. I've always admired the craftsmanship and purported excellent performance of these tools, so I'm quite eager to get the plane up and running.
You might notice that the top edge of the plane body sides are flat, versus the beveled treatment than Brese gives his finished planes (see pic below)
I asked Ron to keep the top edge flat since I plan to overstuff the plane, the infills lapping over the edge of the sides. I'm hoping this will make for a bit more meat to hold on to, since this plane is rather small (about 6" long). Mock-ups in a cheap wood will help decide the final shape.