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Project by garysharp posted 11-22-2008 11:07 PM 8150 views 20 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 27” jointer plane that I made because of the cost of a LN #8 plane. It is made with a two piece construction method. I used steamed beach wood and a 2 3/8” Hock blade and cap iron. It will cut shavings as thin as 5/10,000”. After the local club members used it they asked me to teach a class. I currently am teaching five classes to the club on making planes and spokeshaves. You can find the club at Find the blades at I will start teaching this class at the Sacramento Area Woodcraft store in 2009.

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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#1 posted 11-22-2008 11:41 PM

That is a sharp looking plane. Wish you were closer so I could take the class.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#2 posted 11-23-2008 12:39 AM

I want one…

I’ve always wanted some Hand Planes and Scrapers and the likes. But I never had the money, and was gonna attempt to buy the irons and caps and the likes to build my own, but I didn’t know where to go about to getting that stuff.

Really nice work…


-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner,,, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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#3 posted 11-23-2008 01:47 AM

Very nice Gary! Sure beats buying one.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#4 posted 11-23-2008 02:01 AM

wish you had time to make a blog of it, but it sounds like you got your hands full now! congratulations on the gig, always inspirational to hear of people making it their way after one certain project….good luck with the classes gary, it will only grow from there!

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#5 posted 11-23-2008 06:03 PM

That is one beautiful plane. I am a member of SAW (Sacramento Area Woodworkers) and have taken one of Gary’s plane making classes. The size, mass and feel of this plane make it sweet to use. Gary’s workmanship makes it “Shop Art” as well as a wonderful tool.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#6 posted 11-23-2008 10:07 PM

This is something else I enjoy making. Your craftsmanship is fantastic. If you are making another hand plane I would love to read about it.


-- - A Woodworking & Renovation Blog & - I make. You buy.

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#7 posted 11-28-2008 03:16 AM

I bought a very similar plane at a local 2nd hand store… it is a Freud jointer plane, also around 27”. I have struggled to make good adjustments with the “wedge” bladeholder mechanism. Any helpful hints, or know where I can find some good info? I have gotten pretty good with the typical Stanley-type planes, but I’m still figuring these wooden planes out.

-- Measure once, curse twice.

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#8 posted 11-28-2008 05:22 PM

Beautiful plane. Very impressive.

-- christopheralan

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#9 posted 01-13-2009 08:56 AM

Lovely plane. Very nice execution.


P.S. I dig your shaves too.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#10 posted 04-18-2010 08:26 PM

great work!

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

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#11 posted 04-18-2010 09:50 PM

Nice work looks great

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#12 posted 04-19-2010 10:24 PM

Thanks to all of you. They dose feel good to use.

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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