Re: [MedievalSawdust] (unknown)
> Don't forget that you can make a plane from pretty
> much any hardwood that you wish, there are historical examples for a
> number of different woods. In Europe beech was common and not a
> furniture wood, also it happens to have lots of other good properties that
> make is a good tool wood. I forget which modern wood plane maker
> builds most of his with Cherry because he can source blocks of it.
>I did that--built a monster jointer copying the one in Bourdichon's shop
> I got a nice turning block of Ash that was perfectly cut for
> plane making, so when I get up the energy I'm going to cut the mortice
> fully by hand ...
painting of about 1500. I used local ash from a hardwood dealer here in
Oregon, and it's been quite stable since. The largest offcut made a vise
jaw for my portable bench.
Ash was definitely used for planes in period, too--one of the _Mary Rose_
planes was made of ash, and oak was commoner than beech.