Challengeing myself

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Blog entry by Chris Wright posted 11-16-2012 02:08 PM 1287 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For those of you who are familiar with my projects, particularly of late, see that I like to make planes. In my projects section I have several Krenov style wood body planes, a few specialty planes, a scraper plane and my first attempt at a toted wood body hand plane. With each one I’ve tried to take what I learned in the first and put that knowledge toward the next, as I’m sure we all do. It’s become quite the “hobby” of mine and I’m looking forward to expanding this knowledge into making my own infill planes at some point. My point of this post is that I, and I’m sure a lot of you as well, like to challenge myself. Such is the case for the next two plane projects I’ve started. The first is my take on the No. 51 (either the Lie-Nielson, or the Stanley) Shooting plane

The other plane I’ve started is a copy of Stanley’s old No. 74 chamfering plane

With both of these planes I intend to make them as close to the originals as possible, only made from wood. The Shooting plane will have a 2 inch blade with the bed set 20 degrees skewed, which was a big challenge to figure out that compound angle. And the chamfering plane I plan to have an adjustable blade bed similar to the original. Now, some people will probably say, “Chris, why make things so difficult for yourself? There are much easier ways to make both of those planes.” And I say, “Why not. I have the time to tinker (which I know is a very rare luxury in this field) and I want to see if I can do it. I’ll get some pics posted as soon as they are finished.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#1 posted 11-16-2012 02:32 PM

Awesome! cant wait to see what you come up with.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#2 posted 11-16-2012 04:43 PM

i’m excited to see the results

-- Joel

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#3 posted 11-19-2012 01:21 AM

The 51 is a beast which relies alot the momentum of it’s sheer mass for a clean cut. If you’re making one out of wood I hope you have some lead weight attached. Good luck with this project, you’ve got my curiosty aroused

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