Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Effortless Workholding Meets Effortless Planing



This week we're thinking about getting ready for the upcoming Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event next month in Chicago. We share a bench at this event with Brese Plane. And we happen to have the latest version of Ron's stainless steel panel plane on the travel bench. I've had the pleasure of working with Ron on some aspects of this plane, and testing it in a real shop environment over the past few weeks. Ron's made some tweaks to the panel plane design since I tested the first version last year, and amazingly enough, this plane is even better than that previous version. I've also been experimenting with some new honing techniques and processes that are yielding some amazing results. This version of Ron's panel plane has provided the finest hand plane experience I've ever had. I happen to have a camcorder in the shop yesterday, so I couldn't resist taking this footage. Nothing but wood (maple), the plane, and forward motion here. No chipbreakers, no magic, and definitely no dryer sheets!

Click the full-screen icon and select "HD" for the best picture.

16 comments:

  1. Incredible!
    What does this plane weigh?
    Cheers
    Black

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  2. Yes, incredible!

    The questions should be how it got to be that freaking sharp, and how long did it take to get it set up?

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  3. Jameel, please tell Brese that I hate him!!!!! Now how the heck am I going to explain this one to SWMBO?????????

    Joe McMahon

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  4. This is not funny! Just Like Joe, it is to painfull to have to explaine this to... How much?
    Jameel, you are one lucky.....

    Cheers
    David

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  5. Just leave it to Jameel and Ron to come up with another beauty that performs as well as it looks!

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  6. Holy cow that was AMAZING!!!!

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  7. [Sorry, I can't find my jaw, it's somewhere on the floor, once I find it, I could comment, but until then...]

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  8. Ah, so you are all having as much fun with this as me? I'm still amazed, to be honest. Ron is one talented plane maker.

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  9. This is just the tool I need for my style of woodworking.

    Yours,
    Uri Geller

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  10. I'd be interested in reading more about your new honing techniques. Care to elaborate?

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  11. I will post some info on sharpening soon.

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  12. Jameel,

    Thank you for showing us what is possible. Inspiring in the extreme. I too would be interested in your sharpening scheme.

    Joe

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  13. I tried out the one you had at the Indy tool event, but i don't remember it being THAT easy....amazing!!
    Andy Sexson

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  14. sweet! I hope its about $1500.00 so as to be out of my range forever.

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