Hand plane DIY blog #5: Still rambling about hand plane making...

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by mafe posted 06-30-2017 11:35 PM 6727 reads 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Hand plane, scaper planes and toothing plane ramblings... Part 5 of Hand plane DIY blog series no next part

Hand plane DIY blog
Still rambling about hand plane making…

Here we go again…
This is part two of the hand plane ramblings, in this part we should see both the toothing plane, two small hand planes with antique Peugeot irons, a Krenov type long block plane with a Hook iron and a toothing plane come to life.

Thank you for the birthday greetings in my last post, had a wonderful day and a wee birthday party at my workshop, what more can a man ask for?.

Let’s jump into the ramblings.

Last part of the blog ended with this little scraper plane, now time to move on to the others.

And now the glue was dry. ;-)

The brass pins are driven through the plane body.
Then sanded flat on the disc sander.

So time to dram and draw.
I will go for a classic Krenov shape on these.
Just a draw as you like.

With the band saw, roughly cut to shape.

We got a plane!
(Ok, might need a wee more work, before it is a home run).

Now for the other one.

Hmmmm the ramp got a wee close to the end…
Might need some adjustment later.

Sanding the curves.
I used to find the spindle sander, kind of foolish – that was until I started working with one.
This tool really is worth the money, it is so effective and easy to work with.

Now I move in on the sides, I take off quite a bit, I like slim sides so the blade are not too fare from the edge.

Finally shaping the body.
(Not mine, I’m lazy).

Bodies now have the final shape.
Since the irons are short, it is fine with the tail position.
Ohhh yes I put them in the back, since I use them as pull planes, that’s better for my neck pains.
Like Japanese planes.

The long block plane is up.

It might end up quite elegant.

I narrow in on the sides with the table saw, since it was quite a lot too wide.

Then make a wedge and find the proper length.

Cut and shape a wee.

Now we have a hand plane, but still need to tune it up.

For the Peugeot irons, I flatten the front and back on sharpening stones.
Then sharpen them on the water grinder.

While I enjoy a pipe and a beer.
Never forget to enjoy life!

The longer of the small planes, had a damage in the wood near the mouth, so I decide to give it a little hardwood insert, this might also look sexy.
So first I cut the fibers with a sharp marking knife.

Then clear out the wood with a chisel and my small router plane / old ladys tooth.

Here it is, my little routerplane.
Made it back in 2011, I can see the blog has been seen 37.855 times by now and I keep seeing peoples versions on the web, so I have to say my hope to inspire, really paid off on this one.
Happy I am.
You can find the blog here:

Once happy a little inset is made of hard wood.

White glue.

Kind of nice looking I think.
You can do this on any wooden plane, if the mouth is to open or the edge worn.

A handful of hand planes…

Brand and all. ;-)

I remember Krenov telling in one of his videos, that some of his planes needed a lot of playing around, before they would play by the book – this one seems to be one of those naughty kids.
As you can see the iron is not perfectly parallel to the sole, so I will need to work a little on the ramp, with a file.

But I really like it, it fits my hand like a glove.
It will be used as a block plane, but for straightening like a jointer plane.

The block plane with the Peugeot iron, are working perfect from the start, it is like as if knows, that it will go to Germany and make stuff for my friend and her family.
Look how sweet the shaves are.

A perfect size for hand and pocket, so it can come with them into nature.
An apron plane I think it is called.

The other one a little less handy, but fine, I might cut it down later, but for now it will be a medium size.
I like better the size I made for my friend.

We got family!


Bad ass…

I hope it will bring joy Stefanie.
Keep it sharp, give the iron a little oil so it will not rust.
You can oil the wood also, then it will be able to take more abuse.
To loosen the wedge, knock on the back of the plane with a hard object.
Blade is adjusted, side to side or down, by tapping on the iron.

Back to the ramblings.
The iron for the toothing plane is marked up, this because I want to make it Japanese style…
Don’t ak why, I just thought it could become beautiful like that.

An angle grinder, noise and dust – then we got half a blade…

Shaping a wee on a bench grinder.

Then on a sander, for beauty.

I think they look nice together!
Is it only me?

And after a wee file work on the ramp, the Hook plane also make the most beautiful shaves.

Usually I dont do videos, but here is one, just to share the sound of the shavings. ;-)

View on YouTube

Since I was happy with the sound of shavings, the apron plane was ready to go.

So it was wrapped up and send by mail to Germany.

After a few days I got a message:

Käre Mads, paketet har kommit fram. Vilken fin liten sak du har gjort! Den ligger bra i handen och bjuder in att jobba! Vilket träslag är det? Ek? Tack tack tack så hjärtligt!!!!!

Dear Mads, the pack has arrived. What a fine little thing you have made! It fits good in the hand and asks to be doing some work! What kind of wood is it? Oak? Thank you, thank you from the heart!!!!!

Do I need to say I was happy for the words? Happy as can be and Stefanie has even told me she will be making me a small thing of stone, since she is a stone carver.
Life is magic.

Back to the ramblings, enough about magic.
The throat for the toothing plane, is opened up a wee more on the band saw and I give it a curve, so the shavings are more easy to get out.


White glue out of focus…

You can’t have too many clamps.

The parts are ready.
And I forgot to drill the hole for the brass rod.

A wedge is born.

On the band saw.

Marking up for the hole.

When drilling insert a piece of scrap to avoid tear out.

Rod in place.

Cleaning up on the disc sander.
Yes I leave the marks, this is a tool, not a jewel. ;-)

Tap to adjust.

Japanese inspired toothing plane.
I kind of like it, perhaps a wee too high body…

The mouth.
On the wood you can see how it works.

The sole.

Square and fair.

Pulled plane, not pork.

So time to stop.
The planes are at home and the story must end.
Thank you for joining in on my ramblings.

Hope it can be to some inspiration perhaps even some planes, scrapers or toothing planes…

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

8 comments so far

View lew's profile


13317 posts in 4770 days

#1 posted 07-01-2017 12:03 AM

A beautiful family portrait in the last picture. They must be a joy to use.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

View bch's profile


302 posts in 3704 days

#2 posted 07-01-2017 02:25 AM

Oh my. Several of those photos are so gorgeous I thought about printing them, making a frame, and putting them in the wall in my shop for inspiration! MADS, well done, again and again. Thanks for sharing such detailed blogs of your work. Best! —bch

-- --bch

View madts's profile


1953 posts in 3354 days

#3 posted 07-01-2017 02:38 AM

My head is hurting.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

View Joe Lyddon's profile

Joe Lyddon

10961 posts in 5067 days

#4 posted 07-01-2017 05:39 AM

Just plane beautiful…


Do you have posts that show the Basic dimensions, angles, etc.?
... I really like the Block and longer planes…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

View shipwright's profile


8678 posts in 3813 days

#5 posted 07-01-2017 05:44 AM

Sweet Mads!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

25940 posts in 4120 days

#6 posted 07-01-2017 11:14 AM

Wow. What nice collection you have created and that is a fine walk through on the process.
You are the rhykenologist of rhykenologists!!

Cheers, my friend…................jim

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

View steliart's profile


2895 posts in 3703 days

#7 posted 07-01-2017 02:30 PM

so beautiful i wouldn’t dare using them :) LOL !!!!!!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

View Jackdaw's profile


18 posts in 2072 days

#8 posted 07-02-2017 04:16 PM

I always find your work inspirational. I like your friendly intimate presentation. Thank you for taking the time to post these entries.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics