The Seventh Sense Block Plane:
It's time to hone the craft and tune the established set up. As much as I love every stage of the process, this is particularly therapeutic to me and one of my treasured stages in every wooden build.
Lets take your ultra sharp quality low angle block plane and whittle away all the facets and half the established angles heading toward the rounded shapes of the initial design.
Sharpen your plane. This is what creates the effortless and easily accurate shape you want. Very very sharp.
Before I continue, keep things sharp, stop often if you need to. If the blade starts feeling
dull, you know what to do. Another thing is to adjust your plane precisely for the cut you are trying to achieve as you work towards round and smooth. There are obvious margins of how much you get to play with the fragile shell you have created.
Stay true to a good design and simply tune the carved facets from the planers run. The trick is to go 95 percent of the way to finish with block plane, introducing sandpapers and
other softer variable tools will make lumps, but following hard wood whilst cutting away the softer sections.
If you are tempted to break out the power sander and quickly finsh things up. Stop, have a cup of tea, sharpen your blade and get there properly. The hand plane is straight, flat and has a single cutting reference that can be guided carefully to hit the highs down low and cut hard and soft the same.
Even with linear wood grain and choice lumber, the glue lines can be a problem and the curving rails of the nose and tail foils will be a quick time to see this in play.
I screen the rails much like a foam board and call it done around the 220 grit mark. You can go crazy slick and smooth but be careful not to create some lumps and bumps now by overworking your shape. Go ahead and leave it in the sun for a few days to sun bake. It will bring out the
color in the wood. Do not tune sand or touch it there after, it willl show naked or bleached areas where the sun didn't shine. The tanin’s get drawn to the surface I guess before locking things up with the resins and so the time for the rich grains to be setup will be now even though they will
only come alive as soon as the resin hits the
Tools: Low Angle Block Plane, Honing Stone or Blade Sharpening Setup, Hard block, Sand
Paper, Rail Screen and Gauze.
Hazards:Dropping your block plane will ruin
your tool and possibly your foot. Sanding dust is best not breathed in.