It is very rare that a customer supplies the wood for their plane. It has happened only a few times over the years, but I knew from the moment that I saw this piece, that something special could happen.
I know that in theory, figure is possible in any species of wood... but some just seem more prone than others - and East Indian Rosewood isn’t one of them. Until now. It wasn’t a huge piece, and there was a very strong grain bias. I could maximize the material and live with very angled grain, or I could straighten it out and ‘waste’ a bit more. The customer agreed that making the best plane possible was the goal... so I fired up the bandsaw
, and went to work.
I was not ruthless with straightening things out - the above photo shows the waste. You can see the angle in the grain in the largest off-cut.
The final set. I was pretty sure some of the sapwood was going to end up on the side of the plane - and the customer was fine with that. I was also very interested in keeping as much of the layer just under the sapwood - a lighter, slightly browner later before the dark purple heartwood.
Using my own K6 to make this K6 - always fun making tools to make tools.
The rear infill is fit, and the sapwood has been greatly reduced, but not eliminated.
Both the front and rear infill fit, but not installed.
After lapping, the sapwood was getting quite small. I still needed to angle the rear infill, and I was slightly concerned that between the angled cut and the shaping of the rear infill, the sapwood would disappear.
Thankfully, the sapwood island remained, and the layer of lighter wood just behind it remained distinct as well. Here are a bunch of pics of the finished plane.
The above photo shows the lighter brown layer nicely.
This plane is staying fairly local, and will be picked up in person. Always nice to be able to hand someone their plane.