Hand plane DIY blog #2: Hand plane DIY convex (Krenov style)

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Hand plane DIY convex.
Or Mike meets Mads style…

Press here for first part.

To remind you, this is what we are after.

A hand plane, ‘block plane’ size, made for a rounding of 22 cm (app. 4 inch).
As you can see Krenov style, and a touch of Japan, at least this was my wish…

Time to make the wedge.
I wanted the same wood as the plane, and had an old floorboard, that could be used.
Cleaned it up, and cut it to same size as the plane iron, so I have a little slip in the throat for adjustment.
(Yes I do love recycle).

Cutting a wedge, I make it a little thicker than needed so I have room for adjustments..

Back to the iron (I know it might be confusing, but I do things when needed).
I set up my grinder, and am ready to freehand a bevel.
(I do love the water grinder, I don’t need to worry for the overheating).

Half way.
And back to the wood, since my health will not allow me for too long to do the same.

Shaping the wedge.
(I do love that Super sander…).
Notice the dust control – it’s a cut open can with my shop wac attached, works excellent.

Test fitting again and again.

I try to make a slope, since the plane will have no chip breaker – don’t know if it will help…

Flush cutting the pins.

Marking holes for dowels on this side also.

Clean up, I do love this little Veritas plane.

Drilling the holes.

Making dowels.

In they go.

Plane iron almost has the full edge now, I grinded a little more.

Re clamping to make sure the glue dry and the plane are proper glued.
Also test fitting wedge and iron.

Marking for cutting of wedge.

The wedge in place, now shaped and cut to size.

Mouth not too bad.
As you see zero clearance now.

Here is the sweet little plane.

And from the other side.

The throat.

The parts.

And in my hand. Wauu, I have made a plane – for now…

The rounding of the sole:

To make the rounding, I make a help tool.
I draw a 22 cm circle (4 inch app) on a piece of thin plywood.

Then cut it out.
Here on a fast circle jig for the band saw.

And cut.

Then draw up the plane with and center.

Cut on the side, using a piece of ply under to control the angel.



Now I have a set for the curve of the sole, actually two!

Good night!!!

That’s it for today!
I will continue when I have rounded the sole.

Hope this can be useful, perhaps even someone will try and build a plane after seeing this. I promise you, it’s not too difficult, but most of all its really rewarding and fun.

And last I will thank you Mike again for taking this travel with me on your anciet bucket projet blog, with out you, I had never started this.

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 01-26-2011 03:02 AM

very cool.more pics please.

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#2 posted 01-26-2011 05:10 AM

As always a great project well documented
Really sweet looking little plane

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#3 posted 01-26-2011 05:41 AM

You are having some good fun there. Thanks for the details on your build.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 01-26-2011 12:33 PM

Great Blog Mads, and a wonderful little plane. Your curved throat is a better fit than my straight one. I chickened out at the last minute and didn’t try the curved throat.

I think the curve will give you a smoother planing action. I have tried mine out and so far I’m satisfied with it, but I would recommend doing it like yours because it’s always better to have a consistent and fairly small opening around the iron. If you will send me your plane, I will compare the two,lol.

My wedge is similar to yours, but the small concave shape on yours gives it a beautiful appearance. I will put a link to your blog in my next blog so folks can see the two different approaches and I also hope it will be a motivation for others to jump in and have some fun. I enjoyed the glue initials. Yes, we make a good team, your brains and our mutual enthusiasm!

The way you blogged here Mads is what I envisioned when I started the project. We all get new and better ideas by sharing the different ways we do things, not to mention that it is interesting just to see how others work. So thanks for this, and I’m looking forward to more.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 01-26-2011 03:02 PM

I’m inspired by the both of you…. So very cool on so many levels.

I am 9 kinds of covered up in the shop at the moment, but I promise you…. I am making me a small collection of these for my very own as soon as things slow down.

Outstanding blog, subject, and of course wonderful plane!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 01-26-2011 05:58 PM

Outstanding work my dear friend. I am sure you will have a lot fun with plane.

Tell me Mads,how long time does it take to make a blog like this ? I mean it is so vel written and with all the details and pictures it must take forever ?

Wery well done my friend :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#7 posted 01-26-2011 06:03 PM

nicely built, and some really good progress there. thanks for posting

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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David Kirtley

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#8 posted 01-26-2011 06:42 PM

The little bevel you put on the tip of the wedge will be a great addition. It won’t really be a chip breaker but it will leave the wood thick to give more support for locking the blade and the bevel on the end will not catch the chips as they come out.

One sad thing though. Once you get used to using your own made planes, the metal ones will start to feel neglected. It is a one way trip. The wooden ones are so much nicer to use.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#9 posted 01-26-2011 08:24 PM

Look what I just found, this is really a cool video.
Should have seen it before starting…
Best thoughts,

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

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#10 posted 01-26-2011 08:25 PM

David, are you saying there is a slippery slope at the bottom of the metal plane slipper slope? ;)))

-- Galootish log blog,

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David Kirtley

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#11 posted 01-26-2011 09:24 PM

Ohh yes, and it is much steeper. This post is a perfect example. Instead of making do with what is available you you can make whatever you like. Work the metal yourself and it is ridiculously cheap. Planes, spokeshaves, scraper planes, specialty planes. If you miss the metal planes, the next logical progression is infills. Then the casting.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#12 posted 01-26-2011 10:37 PM

Congrats on building your wooden plane Mads! Is looking sweeeet! They are fun to do! Now I wonder how many more you will build? One is never enough…..As David Kirtley rightly says….

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#13 posted 01-27-2011 02:46 AM

Great work my friend. Your talent is overflowing.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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Don Johnson

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#14 posted 01-30-2011 01:56 PM

I doubt if I will ever make a plane, but I really enjoyed following your blog and seeing the answers appear to each thought that I had – like ‘how will he do . . . .(the next bit).
There is a sort of osmosis for the mind on LJ, where seeing projects and blogs like this for items one may never make nevertheless stores ideas and methods for future use to solve problems that arise on quite different items.
I’m so glad I found LJ, and particularly your ideas and explanations.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#15 posted 01-31-2011 02:04 AM

Don, you are so kind thank you (words like this really fills me with joy). I agree that LJ is a wonderful place, and I learned more here in one year, than I learned all together the rest of my life about wood working. It’s a playground for thoughts, an open-minded people who are not afraid to share, and yes ideas seems to grow and grow, feeding on each other.
Ken, I laugh, it’s more my brain that have this overflow problem sometimes… Too much imagination.
Div, yes I’m proud to be honest, proud that I made a plane, so when I find time and energy I will try and make some micro planes also, I have plenty of ideas.
David, STOP, you make me overflow… lol. For now I must say I love all my planes, wood, metal and combinations, I like the precision of the metal planes where my Record 311 is the ultimate example of this, but also the sweetness of the wooden planes, I think if I worked in finer cabinet making my choice would also be wooden planes primary, but in my ‘all’ purpose wood working, they (almost) all have a place. Even I admit I have more planes than I need (but that is a curiosity issue, passion or whatever we call it).
PurpLev, yes amazing what I will do for a bucket at the end…
Napoleon, don’t ask me this question, it takes long! Ask Mike… But I believe in this ‘DEMOCRATIC WOODWORKING’, so we all have to give a little of our self’s. I am also retired as you know, so when I have pain or need peace in my body, I spend the time well to write a little here and there on a blog. Finally don’t worry I love every moment of it, hope it shows. I’m in a learner’s stage, so it’s good to write down the process, in this way it settles better.
Dan, I send you one of my big smiles. I hope you enjoy there, I’m awaiting your mail.
Swirt, I do have a good time yes, and with you around even better thank you.
Scott, merci ;-)
Mike, my dear Mike, yes it sure is a pleasure this remote ‘teamwork’, I enjoy all our writings, and our common interests here. I was happy my curved mouth on the plane theory turned out not so bad, so yes you should not have chickened out after all (but what if I was wrong… laugh). Yes it’s wonderful to see how we can inspire each other, and also push each other, as I said before it’s only because of you that I have made a plane now, otherwise I would have thought it was to ‘big’ a deal… and that I needed much more time and confidence to do it. Yes a little push is often all it takes thank you. About my brain… Well… No let’s just leave it there… Laugh.
Lou, and they will come…
Best thoughts to all of you, and once more thank you for all those wonderful comments, I am full of smiles,

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

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