Boxwood Planes

After using my maple planes for a while, I wanted one of a more dense wood so that it would be more responsive to my hammer taps. The wood I chose was Castello Boxwood.

First I made a smoother at about 8 1/2 inches long and a 1 3/4 inch blade width:

Macassar Ebony Sole

Some carved hatching on the side:

Hatching again on the wedge, and a carved bridge pin:

I then made a jointer at 14 inch long with a 1 1/2 inch blade width:

Boxwood sole

Rounded front ramp for better escape of shavings

I went with a traditional Olde English chamfers down the body

This one is based on the old English style mitre planes. the bed angle is 20 degrees, so with a bevel up ground at 30 degrees you can have a 50 degree cutting angle, better for tougher grained woods. Boxwood body and wedge with Macassar ebony bridge pin. The blade, I hardened and tempered out of a piece of soft steel.

I cut a pattern on the end of the wedge to match it on the bridge.