Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Winter Smoother - Done
A couple weeks ago I put the final coat of finish on the wood components of the Winter Smoother.
Instead of the usual french polish, I decided to try something new. I first sealed the wood with shellac to provide a barrier, then I padded on about seven whisper-thin coats of Tru-Oil over about three days. A week cure, and a light rubout with 0000 Liberon wool, a little wax, and I had the finish I was after: rich and deep to bring out the color of the wood and satiny and silky for a great feel. This finish does not have the chatoyance and depth that shellac provides. It has a more rudimentary appeal. And I think it goes well with this plane.
The plane performs extremely well, as do all of the Brese planes. In a short while, this plane will get shipped off to its new owner, a friend of mine who more than has it coming. Bon Appetit, Gaston.
Here is a short video slideshow of the Winter Smoother. Make sure you enlarge it, it's in HD.
Follow this link for a slideshow of the stills.