A year ago I received a selection of timbers from my Galootaclaus (on OldTools List). A length of Ebony went to infill the Brese small smoother kit (and there is sufficient over to infill a St James Bay Thumb Plane kit). There is a block of Padauk. And there was this piece of Mesquite ...
I have been waiting to build a jack plane around a blade I bought last year. It is 2" wide and 5/16" thick D2. This is very abrasion resistant and could make a super jack plane for use on Australian wood.
This could be The Ultmate Jack!
The design is a mix of tradional vintage England with Malaysian influences. Mesquite body with Jarrah tote and wedge.
The razee body is 15 1/2" long, 2 3/4" wide, and 2" high at the mouth. This keep the centre of gravity low. The plane weighs 1.5 Kg (3.3 lbs).
The mouth is set wide for a thick shaving. The bevel has not yet been cambered. It will have a radius of 8".
The blade does not use a cap iron, and the wedge design keeps the mouth free ..
I should have a full tutorial on building the jack up on my website in a few days.
Regards from Perth