I am going to need a little forgiveness and leeway here. I know this is supposed to be for Old Tools only, but since most of the people on here are VERY knowledgable about the age-old principals of hand plane design, I thought this would be the place to post this crazy idea.
What I am contemplating is crafting my own custom designed and built plane.
As a machinist, welder and fabricator I think I have the skills, knowledge and facility in which to pull off a Travis Johnson hand plane exclusive. Now I have no illusions of having this mass produced, just a one-of a kind hand plane for myself.
For starters I was thinking about making this hand plane out of my favorite type of steel...Stainless Steel. Polished up to a bright sheen, I think it would look almost futuristic. I am not thinking about creating one like the past, rather I was thinking about a Jetson's styled plane, with hard angles and Stealth Fighter type look. Of course I cannot change the basic design principals of a plane, so I was thinking something along the lines of a Stanley #62 would make for a great tool to use around the shop, and also show off in a unique style.
I will spare you all the crazy ideas I have milling about my head (pun intended) right now, but I thought I would throw this out there for people to think about. Aside for being one crazy idea, what do you see as some of the pitfalls and pleasures about crafting a one of a kind, futuristic plane?