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Mr_Pea

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You may have spotted a few planes on ebay recently by this talented up and coming maker.

This one especially caught my eye
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Stunning-Sco ... 3272317093

Here is the original currently on sale over the pond.
https://www.jimbodetools.com/products/s ... des-83950u

Being a tactless so and so I sent him a message, saying great plane shame about the makers stamp. He took the criticism well and we got chatting and I asked if he ever made a shoulder plane, he said no but he fancied a challenge so I sent him some pics of a gorgeous Miller rhino shoulder that I found on the net.

This is the result of his hardwork
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Contemporary ... 2749.l2649

and I was the lucky winning bidder. Should be here Tuesday.

You are welcome to use the photographs as you wish. If you do re post the build on your groups please be gentle on me and remember to note its a trial prototype version built not to be perfect but to gather experience of the geometry.

I am not into facebook and the likes but in a perverse sort of way would love to hear any constructive criticism even if it hurts my artistic pride lol. So let me know how it goes down if you do post the build and purchase experience.
So if its of any interest I'll post pictures of the build.
 

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I can see why you are pleased. Looks a well made plane for a bargain price.
And of course I'd like to see more!
 

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It’s clear so much hard work has gone into these it’s criminal that they’re selling for 1/10th of what they’re actually worth.
 

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he aint chargin enough!!! you got an absolute bargain from the looks of it :D
 

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Think he's a bit of a perfectionist, he does small prototypes first and then a superior finished version.

Wording from the Scottish mitre at the top of this page
I am confident letting my work find its own level. I am certain it will appreciate in value and provide the new owner as much pleasure as it did making it. In fact I have recently been surprised to see a previously sold plane of mine reselling on an international Specialist collectors site at four figures.

Me 30th July 2019
Why all the secrecy ? If you had an instagram account you would have a few thousand followers easy and more commisions than you could shake a stick at ? Or are you busy enough without all the hassle ?

Me 5th Aug 2019
I'm shooting myself in the foot here but no more ebay auctions, next time Buy it now £600* and its still bloomin cheap. Ollie sparks sells his shoulders for £1200.

* I was referring to full size one, the one i bought is a prototype and an unusual size. I've seen a video of it in action and it looks great. At almost 6" its inbetween a bullnose and traditional shoulder infill.
 

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>> prototypes first and then perfect versions<<

It's really hard to work any other way unless you're someone like George Wilson or Brian Buckner.

I am probably in the lower third of skill for anyone building anything, and it seems that you can spend a lot of time on the first one trying to make it perfect, but something will be wrong. Or you can cut the wagon loose and just build it and see which parts are troublesome.

Over the years, the latter has proven to be more productive to me, and prevents wasting time on subsequent iterations where it doesn't need to be wasted.
 

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D_W":2qxix851 said:
>> prototypes first and then perfect versions<<

It's really hard to work any other way unless you're someone like George Wilson or Brian Buckner.

I am probably in the lower third of skill for anyone building anything, and it seems that you can spend a lot of time on the first one trying to make it perfect, but something will be wrong. Or you can cut the wagon loose and just build it and see which parts are troublesome.

Over the years, the latter has proven to be more productive to me, and prevents wasting time on subsequent iterations where it doesn't need to be wasted.
This has proven to be the lesson in the otherwise rather different world of software development - start with something small, be ready to throw it away and - if it has promise - iterate lots of small improvements. Actually, I wonder if this true in most areas where there is uncertainty and many choices/mistakes to be made?
 

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