Drivel Starved Nation!
Whenever I disappear from this totally awesome and worthless blog it usually means one of two things, either I am in trouble with my parole officer or I am busy with the muse – you do the math…
I started work on the HP-9 a couple of years ago, and I thought I finished it on my work retreat in February. However when I opened the file recently, I didn’t like what I saw, so I started over.
This block plane is the son of the CT-17, and it too is a dual angle block plane, it is either a low angle or a regular block plane depending on the which end of the iron you are using. It is a hybrid plane, the sole is stainless steel and the sides and linkage are aluminum. And no, the sides are not held in place with three screws, they press fit to the sole via dowel pins – the screws are added for shock protection.
The HP-9 features a zero backlash modified Norris adjuster, A2 Iron, and is one of the finest feeling block planes you have ever used. For those of you who own the limited edition CT-17 Dual Block Plane, feel free to chime in with your thoughts on how this plane works in the hand.
We are working on the pricing and it will be south of $300, how much I don’t know yet- I am shooting for $200.
Unlike the CT-17, we do plan on making this plane again, likely every 3 years or so.
Let the debate begin!
PS: Last summer John Easley interned at BCTW and has now branched out on his own designing and manufacturing carbon fiber rings. You can learn more here. We wish him the best!