Hand plane DIY blog #3: Hand plane DIY convex (Krenov style)

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Blog entry by mafe posted 01-26-2011 10:11 PM 9935 reads 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hand plane DIY convex.
Or Mike meets Mads style…

Press here for first part.
Press here for second 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…

This part will cover the rounding of the sole, and the finish.

Last blog ended with the circle jigs made, here they are, now cut to size.

Painters tape to hold them in place..

Center to circle top, and equally much on each side.

Plane upside down, held in place, and ready to shape.
Here first with a No.4 plane.

Not all happy, so I try the No.3, and then the No. 62… Yes it’s a fetish, but the 62 is nothing less than fantastic.

Here the mouth after the shaping of the sole is done.

Back to the grinder, to finish the bevel on the plane iron.

You can use a marker to see where you have been, and if you hit the same spot again.

Blade fit after sharpening, not too bad.

The first shaving ever made!!!.
Wauuu, I really did make a hand plane, and even with a convex sole!

Adjusting the mouth.

Even better shaves.

Now time to shape the body of the plane, I use the 22 cm as a design idea…
Less is more as I say.

Shaping with the Supersander.

And this is the little fellow, from the back.

The convex sole.

In my hand, so you can judge the size of the plane (not my hand).

Perhaps I will add a wedge behind the blade for comfort, here a try.

Yes the blade is sharp…
So now I can say I put sweat and blood into this project, and the blog for your guys.

Hope this can be useful, perhaps even someone will try and build a plane after seeing this.
And to post it so we can all see it.

And last I will thank you Mike again for taking this travel with me on your ancient bucket project blog, without you, I had never started this.

Best thoughts,


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

10 comments so far

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#1 posted 01-26-2011 10:20 PM

Thanks MaFe,
I now have no questions left in my mind for when it comes time to make my own!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#2 posted 01-26-2011 10:58 PM

Fantastic work Mads. You tuned that mouth and blade very nicely. Well done my friend!

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

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#3 posted 01-26-2011 11:05 PM

Great little plane my friend :)
And hey, I recognize that pipe :p

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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Kerry Drake

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#4 posted 01-26-2011 11:05 PM


-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH,

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#5 posted 01-27-2011 12:01 AM

Great work Mads. I’m sorry I didn’t get my blog posted today too. We each got a good result, but we did it a little differently, which makes it more interesting. I do like the looks of the throat on your plane better, but mine works very well too. Well done. I’m still waiting to hear if my blog can be recovered. If not I probably won’t be able to redo it until Friday because I have a lot of errands and food shopping tomorrow. We’ll see.

Meawhile congratulations on passing your first major milestone of our project with flying colors as I knew you would. Now it’s the lagging knife. Feel free to blog that one if you want and I can just put it into my next blog as a link. I’m sure you are much more knowledgeable about knives ( and a lot of other things) than I am.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 01-27-2011 12:39 AM

Nice job MaFe!
You almost have me convinced to try this… almost…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#7 posted 01-27-2011 02:16 AM

sweeeeeeeeet little plane, it really came out nice.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#8 posted 01-27-2011 03:32 AM


-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 01-27-2011 08:38 AM

fantastic my friend. It is a beautifull plane.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 01-31-2011 12:24 PM

Hello LJ’s,
Ian, thank you a lot, it was e real eyeopener to me to make it.
Swirt, so are you! lol.
Ike, Merci.
jm82435, so what does it take! What if I say ‘you can’t’!!! (hope this will push you a little more).
Mike, I love to do this with you! Yes I’m happy for my little plane, and proud that the throath theory worked in reality. Not all my thinking are all stupid (my grandfather allways said like that). So now on to next step, Yes now time for the lag knife, but this is a fast one, perhaps I should time it, just for the challange… Laugh, I am a child… But compeed only with myself. Yes it was a story with your lost blog, but now it’s there, and you did a exelent job.
Kerry, thank you.
Thomas, yes that pipe is the wonderful gift you gave me, I did not smoke it, just put it to show you how happy I am for your present, so I’m glad you noticed it. I’m still a big smile.
Div, I am a little proud of that mouth… And to get this compliment from you means a lot to me, you are as I think you know one of my woodworking icons! As well as a human image too.
DEZ, that is wonderful to hear, then my blog suceeded also, so I can become doubble happy.
Best thoughts to all of you, thank you for the time, and the comments, I do epriciate that,

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

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