- 18 Oct 2016
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- Blue mountains Australia
The wood is Tasmanian leatherwood as beech is kinda hard to find here. Was a chunk I had in the turning stash and it was well seasoned so figured it would do. Made it about 6 years ago but have had some movement issues with it and twice have had to reflatten the sole. Our weather here is the problem with humidity ranges from less than 10% to 99%. It still does a good job but needs looking after so if I do come across a nice bit of beech I will likely remake it. I have a few old beech woodies that are not so affected so can see why beech is the wood of choice for planes.I entirely agree that MDF is the right material for a shooting board. Flat, and stable. Mine uses a beech fence, and I have a couple of angle jigs that fit onto it.
I got some PTFE tape, which I stuck to the track with aggressive double sided tape. That makes the plane glide really nicely.
I just use a 5 1/2 plane. But I really like the idea of a homemade shooting board plane - that looks really nice, John. What wood did you use?