MaFe hand jointer - for small parts (blog)

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Blog entry by mafe posted 04-24-2021 03:42 PM 840 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

MaFe hand jointer
for small parts.

The other day I were buying some tools from the, I saw Veritas had made a jig, that made it possible to use their rabbet plane, as a small hand jointer. I don’t have a Veritas rabbet plane, but I do have a beautiful old Record 311, so the rest was just two hours at the workshop, making up a MaFe version for this.

I often make small boxes and especially on these projects, I could use a way to make some perfectly squared up adjustments, on the pieces. Also I just made small planing and shooting boards, so this would complete the setup.

This is what we will be making, a small hand jointer, to put in the workbench vice.

First up was drawing a sketch and do some thinking.

The 311’s shape is scratched onto 5 mm acrylic.

Roughly cut to shape on the bandsaw.

Sanded close to the lines, with the Ozzy.

Adjusted with files.

Until a fair fit is achieved.

Not going for perfect, just a fair amount of contact points.

A fence is made from 5 mm acrylic.

I had some scrap quality plywood, so this was cut to size.

Holes and countersink – plenty.

Like so.

Made a small cut out for the blade, and a hole to show me where it is.

All screwed in place.

So the 311 is held firmly in place.
Here also marking a hole, just over the blade, inside the plane.

Drilling a 6 mm hole.

So a bolt can be mounted, with a washer and a wing nut on top.

Finally a strip of plywood, is mounted under, just glue and brat nails.

We got a hand jointer!

Check for square, here it was perfect.

The test, using a small piece of mahogany.

Ran it over the jointer.

Fine shavings.

Perfect surface, even the photo is a wee out of focus.


Writing notes, so I can remember what it is.
(I’m getting older – laughs).

That’s it a MaFe style hand jointer.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or even some fine small parts.

Best thoughts,


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

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Alexey Khasyanov

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#1 posted 04-24-2021 04:18 PM

Hi there! Why not. That tiny little want join together too.))

-- @alexey_Khasyanov

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 04-24-2021 05:11 PM

Man, you are always thinking. Another Mads original!!!

Cheers, my friend….............Jim

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

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#3 posted 04-24-2021 07:01 PM

Great idea – thanks for sharing!

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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#4 posted 04-24-2021 07:51 PM

Fantastic! I was thinking of that when I first saw it. Great job! Thanks for the detailed blog.

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#5 posted 04-24-2021 11:12 PM

Thanks for showing the steps, Mads.

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

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#6 posted 04-24-2021 11:49 PM

That’s a nice jig. Sure beats clamping a block plane in the woodworking vise. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#7 posted 04-25-2021 12:35 AM

Great idea !

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#8 posted 04-25-2021 11:32 AM

Nice work , great pictures

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#9 posted 04-25-2021 05:56 PM

Meget fint Mads.

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

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#10 posted 04-25-2021 11:22 PM


Alexey Khasyanov, to joint or not to joint, that is the question! Smiles.
Jim J, my daughter says UÍ think too much, loosen up daddy she says, laughs. Luckily she enjoy a lot when I think about her. Thank you Jim.
SafferinOz, thank you, I love to share these projects, for me it’s half the joy, especially when they inspire.
Arcola60, yes it also stayed in my head, so I had to get it out, in a easy to make for every one version. I remember I had the same feeling with the tenon maker a long time ago, but that one I never use… Laughs. Thank you.
Lew, let there be light… It has become so much a habit to take photos while I work, that I sometimes find my self taking photos of completely useless or already done once projects, we are creatures of habit some how. Smiles thanks.
Doug, I am always nervous when i clamp metal planes into my vice, I can almost hear the casting crack. But yes I also do that, just not with my rare or expensive planes. Another cool thing about this jig is the working height, it’s wonderful with small pieces to be up higher than the work surface. Thanks for the kindness.
Redoak49, thank you.
snowdog, big smile thank you.
madts, tusind tak Madts.

Best of my thoughts,

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

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