Thickness hand plane (blog)

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Blog entry by mafe posted 04-29-2021 09:32 PM 2031 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thickness hand plane
from old classic wood plane.

Planes again…

Yes, it was the other day, when I were going though the planes, I found the one that became THE FASTEST PLANE IN THE WORLD and then this one, I simply can’t remember from where I got any of them, but they were there on one of the shelves with wooden planes and both of them were full of soul, but had some issues.
This one have plenty of iron, in fact a beautiful E. A. Berg, Eskilstuna, Sweden, later known as Bahco tool. Here in Scandinavia, we consider these tools as the Holy Grale and especially the old chisels with wood handles are the highest wish for our furniture makers.

Ok, back to the story MaFe, you are drifting as always…

The plane has a beautiful shape, a hardwood sole and inlay, as well as the most wonderful patina, but also a surface crack on one side and it had had some beating, I am sure this one has been a serious user, you can almost see how much wood it has planed in it’s life time and so I guess the old iron is a replacement, where the owner, just had the luck to find a beautiful old iron for it, so it seems like a love story.
So what do one do with such a plane… I have so many functioning, that it would not make sense to just make it work – well I decided to make my self a thickness plane, I have seen these in Japanese versions and thought why not a Scandinavian one also.

Here it is after it was modified, you might be able to see the shark on the plane iron, why some call the company The Fish and in the back ground The Fastest Hand Plane In The World.

I had some beautiful Rosewood, from a container salvaged chair leg, this was made into two side skates and here I make two grooves in each, on the router table (or is groove a funk music thing).

I ran the hand planes sides over a jointer, to make them square to the sole and remove the damages.
Here marking up on the plane, where the grooves are placed.

First I had made a deepness mark.

Drilling 5mm holes into the plane.

Cordless drill and a threading set.

A 6mm thread are cut directly into the hardwood.
No need for a threaded insert, when it’s hardwood and you can use deep bolts.

Had these in the drawer of nonsense and I kind of like that they are not too fancy, so it will stay a workers plane.

Do you get the point now?

First test run after some sharpening and stropping.
It works just perfect!
Simply put the wood against the bench dog and planes until, it could not take any more shavings.
When you need to plane both sides, you finish other side first and then flip and plane to thickness.

To set the plane, I found out it was easy to use an adjustable square, set it to desired deepness.

Then set each corner of the plane.
it’s that easy.

Some wood dye and patina wax on the sides that were planed square and then a good coat of wax all over the body (not my body, the plane).

I think also this one looks a wee fast now. Smiles.

Wonderful sole and full of soul.

A happy monkey here, the two old planes now found a new purpose in life and I got a thickness plane on the shelf, that can look at the others and say I’m something special.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or even some old planes, that find a new purpose in their life.

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 04-29-2021 09:49 PM

Oh, mafe. I wish you were in the plane swap with us.

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#2 posted 04-29-2021 11:07 PM

Really awesome modification, Mads! Your mind is always working!

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

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#3 posted 04-29-2021 11:14 PM

Nice, Mads! It has had new life breathed into it!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 04-30-2021 10:47 AM

Great pictures and explanation

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#5 posted 04-30-2021 10:07 PM

Cool! New life, new use, new user. A legend lives on.

-- Doug

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#6 posted 05-09-2021 10:57 AM

Hi hi ho,

DevinT, Devin I were actually planning to do that, but forgot… Could have been fun, but I have received a few planes and given some, to LJ buddy’s over the years. I do look forward to see all the results. Smiles thanks, for the kind words.
Lew, In mysterious ways… laughs. Thanks dear Lew.
Dave P, Gepetto of handplanes, perhaps… Smiles, I like to think we can breathe life into our projects, put only when we are fully there, making them.
Redoak49, Thank you, always happy when it can be understod, or even better made.
Doug, I hope that once I’m gone, some of these planes will get a new workshop and a new life, perhaps even several. Imagine one day in 100 years a guy will use this. look at my MAFE brand and wonder who that guy were. I like that thought. Smiles.

Best thoughts and a warm nostalgic smile,

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

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