A few years ago, I wouldn't have been able to ask this question, but now
there seems to be a few people making them. Any chairmakers out there that
have good/bad things to say about the different manufacturers? I've seen
pictures of the fred emhof travisher, and the one that highland hardware
sells, but have never used them.
I'm no expert, but I'm planning to take the Mike Dunbar windsor chair class
this summer and I bought the compass plane and travisher from Crown Plane
company (www.crownplane.com) - I think the highland hardware item is the
same one, but they charge more for it, IIRC.
At any rate, I only received mine a few weeks ago and only have had time to
play around with it a few times. The compass plane is much smaller than I
realized, but it quickly became apparent that it isn't the size that
counts - the plane works exceptionally fast and removes large amounts of
wood quickly and easily.
The travisher was equally as good and fun to use, and behaves much like a
spokeshave in my opinion. I think practice will improve the results, but in
the short time I've used it I was able to get fairly good control and was
able to smooth up the surface followign the compass plane quite nicely with
Hope this helps,
If they're that bad -before- getting the order, think how long it
might take AFTER they get one. That kind of thing spooks me.
See Steve at www.Knight-Toolworks.com for a compass plane.
And Highland Hardware has travishers
Or build your own travisher with one of these $28.25 Langsner (another
chairmaster) blades: http://countryworkshops.org/bulletin2.pdf
Or pick up a curved drawknife off Ebay for $10-ish.
Or Grizzly has a spoon plane for $11.99. ;)
As I said, options abound, Mark.
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that bad -before- getting the order, think how long it
The HH travisher I knew about, and it is made by crown, so the only
difference there is about 15 bucks. I was just trying ot avoid shipping
stuff from more than one place.
I already have a scorp -- i.e., curved drawknife...I'll check out the blade
and Knight. Thanks!
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