Ebony and Faux Ivory Block Plane.

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Project by RusticJohn posted 04-24-2014 04:32 AM 2909 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of my favourite working planes that I made a few years ago. I was lucky to be offered the Ebony but had to use faux Ivory as the real stuff is unobtainable here. You can see by the wear marks on the body that is is often used. The high angle blade makes it great for wood with tricky grain. Normally I make my planes more elaborate but tend to keep them fairly bare for working versions.

The plane is based on Krenov but has all the attributes of a Japanese one. That is hollows in the sole which has mitered edges to reduce the the friction. I have just enough Ebony to make one more small plane. A very pleasurable task I am saving for the future.

-- RusticJohn

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#1 posted 04-24-2014 10:06 AM

wow, that is beautiful, great worj

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#2 posted 04-24-2014 11:11 AM

John you have made three beautiful planes, I really like the smoothing plane but all three are awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 04-24-2014 12:43 PM

That is just plane beautiful!

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#4 posted 04-24-2014 03:53 PM

Having looked at all three planes you shared recently, they’re all beautiful. I love the sculpted lines. They really take the whole look to another dimension.

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#5 posted 04-24-2014 06:29 PM

What excellent workmanship Your planes are amazing

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#6 posted 04-24-2014 09:45 PM

There is something special about an Ebony plane. Thank you all for the comments.

-- RusticJohn

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#7 posted 04-24-2014 10:35 PM

Cool plane! Can you speak more on your decision to model the bottom of the plane based on Japanese smoothers? I’m just beginning to learn about the rationale behind the 2 touch points on them, and am curious why it isn’t more common among western planes? or if they really don’t make that much of a difference in practice…

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#8 posted 04-25-2014 12:49 AM

I think the hollows in the soles does make a friction difference for wooden planes. One hollow between the front of the plane and the blade and one between the blade and the back of the plane. The hollows don’t go all the way to the sides, they should stop about 5 to 10 mm short. They are also not very deep. I get an oval card scraper, about the size of a credit card, and take about 6 light scrapes. Don’t know why western planes have never used the idea. Different cultures and approaches I guess. I do remember about 20 years ago some of the woodworking magazine writers got very excited about the concept and did apply it to small metal block plane like the Stanley range. Never seem to catch on though.

-- RusticJohn

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