Smoothing planes

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Blog entry by Sonofabeech posted 04-30-2017 09:05 PM 975 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello fellow lumberjocks, like to share with you my first plane that i built 4 years ago, and now modified, when i started the build i knew nothing about handplane making, i followed the kernov style plane because it was easy, i liked the coffin shaped planes so i combined the two, the iron was a hardened machinist parallel 36 mm wide. Well it worked but i was not happy with the performance, as time went i learned a lot about plane making, then i noticed my mistakes, first the bed was not bedded the blade chattered, the blade was too soft, my hands are too small i needed a tote, the mouth was too wide, so i recently rebuilt the plane. I hunted down a vintage taperd iron 2 inch wide, made a tote out of beech and closed the mouth with a hornbeam insert and i made the iron bedding, and made a traditional wedge with cheeks to hold the blade, lucky i still had meat left to cut the cheeks ,now it performs like a champ looks better to, easy to adjust the taperd iron, tear out is minimal with figured wood, the vintage iron is hard to sharpen but holds a razor edge, my hand don’t hurt when i am using the plane the tote helps and make it harder to drop the tool.
So i believe there’s always room for improvements, perfection is in theory or luck.

Here is the old design:

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 04-30-2017 09:40 PM

Very nice job on that plane, Mark. You’ll always like using the ones you made better than factory made ones!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 05-01-2017 01:53 AM

I like the handle on the back.
I have added the horn to front of some of mine. Somehow it feels better to work with..
“Just a thought”
Nice work on your plane

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