Krenov plane Zebra wood and Ipe

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Project by TOPO posted 11-16-2014 08:09 PM 4227 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi mates!

here my last project. I always wanted to build my own plane so I started the project to build one following the great book from David Finck. It was a great guidance and in the web I was able to find millions of videos describing every step, so I have plenty of information to start with.
As usual, I wanted to build everythin by myself, including the blade and the cap iron. I ended up buying some high carbon stell, forging and tempering by myself in a homemade forge (that by itself was a very funny project), and shaping it so I ended with a 5mm blade and a 3mm cap iron.
Wood used was Zebrawood with a sole insert made of Ipe to avoud excessive wearing, plus a birmanian teak wedge to hold all that securely.
Fisnihed hand sanding it up to 400 grit, homemade danish oil recipe and then buffed to a satin finish with tripoli compound and carnauba wax.
I´ve not yet sharpened the iron, so the fluffy shaving should wait a bit more… I was just eager to post this as this was my first polished item and I was really proud of the result :-)
Shape is very pleasant to my hand and weight is heavy enough, in fact I was surprised by the density of the zebra wood, initially I was expecting to be much lighter!
Fitting the wedge was the most tricky piece, so I ended up with three attemps prior to get the perfect one. Unexpectedly the cross pin was a breeze to turn in the lathe.
Bed angle is 55º, I was aiming to avoid tearout in tropical woods, will tell you how good is at it.

Did I tell you that to adjust it I built a brass hammer? This is what I love about woodworking, you start a project that leads to another, and another, and another….

soooo, next one will be a jointer, a jack, and block, maybe a low angle rabbet..who knows!

Any question is welcome, I am not a plane building expert, but maybe some of my errors will save you some time :-)

Best from Spain!

Luis S.

-- El Topo, Madrid (Spain)

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#1 posted 11-16-2014 08:14 PM

Wow that’s one cool plane.


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#2 posted 11-16-2014 09:16 PM

Stunning! Please post an action shot after you get the iron sharpened and the plane tuned up.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 11-16-2014 11:56 PM

You should be very proud of the end result; it is stunning.

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#4 posted 11-17-2014 12:20 AM

Very good looking plane, setting up and fine tuning a wood plane is fun in itself! I have used some of Krenov,s work planes and none of them ever received that much finishing attention, some of them had there edges knocked of on the band saw and maybe a couple of strokes with one of his carving knifes to smooth a rough spot or two!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 11-17-2014 12:44 AM

That’s a beautiful plane Luis!

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#6 posted 11-17-2014 02:34 AM

what a gorgeous plane! The zebra wood is very cool looking.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 11-17-2014 04:15 AM

Stunning plane! You should post a pic of your hammer too.

-- "MOM! I think there's something under our house! I'm gonna need a jackhammer, a fish bowl, some air tanks, and maybe a few pipes."

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#8 posted 11-17-2014 03:17 PM

Looks beautiful! I have also done some tool steel hardening and tempering at home. It’s a good time.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#9 posted 11-17-2014 03:54 PM

Almost to good looking to use LOL. Seriously though, this is a lifetime keeper. I love it and I could never part with it.After all it is a part of you. I promised myself I would make some planes too someday when the long list of other things get started even I will add it to the list. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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