Wooden Hand Plane Prototype

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Project by Eric posted 08-13-2014 08:54 AM 2722 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think it would be cool to start making my own woodworking tools. I thought I would start by making a wooden hand plane. This is just a prototype though, so I’ll be making another one shortly. This is made out of scrap pieces of Poplar that I had in my garage. It came out pretty good, and also takes off shavings between 0.002” to 0.006” depending on how I adjusted it. It is easy to use and the results that I got on the scrap piece of poplar that I’m planing are really neat. The overall size of the hand plane is 15” x 2.5” x 2.5”. Hope you enjoy the pictures

-- Eric

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#1 posted 08-13-2014 10:07 AM

Very nice, looks like it works well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 08-13-2014 12:16 PM

Nice looking plane. It is very satisfying when you have made your own tool and it works so nicely. You should check out for shop made tools. I have built some of his tools and they work fantastic.

You say it is a prototype but you will probably never make another one once you use it for a while and see how well it works and decide to start another prototype of another tool. I know I have done that many times.

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#3 posted 08-13-2014 12:16 PM

you can’t argue with success. Well done.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 08-13-2014 03:10 PM

That is a nice plane proto type and will lead you down the right path of making your own tools.
It is a lot of fun making your own and gives you a feeling of pride and joy that can not be had with a purchased tool .
I have built many and many more to come and just love doing it and improving them as i use them .


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 08-13-2014 09:00 PM

Great job. Can’t argue with the results. Using your own handmade tools is ridiculously satisfying.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#6 posted 08-14-2014 08:21 PM

Way to go.
Best thoughts,

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

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#7 posted 08-25-2014 06:17 PM

Nice going. Impressive start. I have a spare iron and I’d like to tackle a low angle block plane…

-- Dan -- KB9JLO <><

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