A friend sent me this laminated product to try. Here are 2 unfinished totes. What do you think?
Do they have a smooth finish…
Yes. They are as smooth as all my hardwood sets.
A little too much for my taste. 🙂
They will spice up a plain jane #4. Will there be low knobs to match?
They will not break like a solid wood tote and should be nicer to the hand then plastic ones. Better looking and lighter then MDF
In my view the best compromise.
Thank you for your comment. But, wood totes don’t break if you don’t drop your plane.
I don’t know how comftable the fit is,(highest priority ) but am un-easy in commenting that they look yuk. Not mean’t as a put down, just a honest opinion. Of course my taste may be biased via only seeing the norm’ cheers Peter
The fit is far better than the originals. That is what my totes are designed for. Check out my website for more information. HARDWARECITYTOOLS.com
And don’t feel bad about expressing an honest opinion.
I guess nobody drops his planes voluntarily.
My comment was assuming a lamination made like plywood.
These surely would be stronger.
These would be stronger than wood.
Not really my style, but I’d like to see what they look like with a finish on them. Then again, when I have made replacements, they have been from whatever was around. My favorite is a cut of curly maple from a tree I helped take down, followed by zebrawood (I buy scraps from a local supplier/mill)
I have done several sets in zebra wood.
I personally think that they look awesome. As an owner of several of your tote/knob offerings, I am SURE they will be excellent in the hand.
Thank you for your comment. And thanks for the compliment. Glad you enjoy my totes.
I see the shape of the totes achieve a uniform banding of the ply layers and avoid unsightly undulating banding like you’d see o a topographical map. In this way the asthetic trumps function, as in function follows form and is at odds with traditional, pre WWII totes. Good examples of pre WWII totes are more shapely for functional comfort and are less squarish.
I see you are not familiar with my totes. You can see them at my website if you like. The laminated totes in the picture are finish machined. They are now ready for hand shaping with rasps and files. Then they get finish sanded through 400P, 0000 steel wool and non-woven abrasives. My totes are more comfortable than the PRE-WWII oem totes, which I think are a little puny. Thank you for your comment.
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