Wooden Krenov Style Plane Versus Iron/Brass Plane

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Forum topic by YooperCasey posted 01-04-2008 04:31 AM 8680 views 2 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-04-2008 04:31 AM

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Heya Folks,

I just recieved my new issue of Fine Woodworking and they have an interesting article on making an all wood Krenov style plane. Now I’ve seen the all wood planes in Lee Valley and Japan Woodworker, but can’t say I’ve paid much attention to them in the past. So I’m curious what are the benefits of having an all wood one?

So far I can see the customability being nice. Though I am worried about the dimensional stability. If I build it in January, how stable will it be come August, or even by the next January? I see Ulmia makes the bases out of Lignum Vitae and the such but does it make it that absolutely stable?

If all looks good is this something someone with a limited shop could handle? And above all else am I exploring something beyond my needs and I should just shutup, work harder and buy a Lee Valley or Lie Nielsen or even one of the Japanese style planes for $40?

Thanks folks!


-- Casey, Engineer, Escanaba, MI

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#1 posted 01-04-2008 07:10 AM

Hi Casey.

I haven’t built a plane yet. But I’ve used the Krenov-style planes at a one-week class at . I also own a number of reconditioned old Stanley/Bailey planes. I really like the Krenov style planes, especially for edge jointing. When you edge-joint with those you wrap your fingers around and under the plane so your fingers actually rub against the sides of the board you’re jointing. It’s another set of feedback telling you how you’re doing as you plane. And I just like the extra contact with the wood.

I doesn’t look like too big a project to build a plane. But I know there are several jocks here who have built a number of planes, and will chime in shortly. Below are links to a video and instructions that I think are really helpful. Good luck.

-- johnjoiner

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#2 posted 01-04-2008 08:44 AM

Check out the author’s website: David Finck

I’m currently reading his book and along comes this article summing everything up in 6-8pages! The book is extra descriptive…and well worth having as a resource and guide if you do pursue building wooden planes…

Building a plane is something that I want to do, but not something I need to to do…or maybe it is something I need to do too? I’ve been concerned about stability because I have an unheated outbuilding shop (except when I’m in there)...I would have to bring wooden tools in and out of the house to keep them relatively stable.

Whether tools are wooden or iron, steel, bronze…they’re all tunable, so there shouldn’t be too much of a concern about the stability of the wood – you do of course want to build out of dense materials that tend to be on the more stable side of things though!

If it’s something you want to do, do it!

Also, some digging around here and elswhere will give you quite a bit of info on wooden planes…

Oh yeah – check out Philly Planes and his personal SITE

Dig, dig, dig….

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 01-04-2008 02:44 PM

All wood planes have been around for over 2000 years and given good service. like all tools you need to be intimately acquainted with them. It only takes a couple hours to build a plane and the material costs are pretty minimum. The main cost being the iron and chipbreaker. They can be used over if you don’t like what you turn out. You can build a lot of special planes if you need them at a minimal cost. Phil Edwards(Philly Planes) has step by step instructions on his web site. He even shows how to make irons. So, quit fooling around and build one and learn to use it. Best way I know to see if you like them. I like the feel of wood on wood.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 04-30-2009 09:52 PM

So, what was your final desicion?

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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