First home-made handplane

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Project by rwyoung posted 02-21-2009 06:11 PM 2897 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed (wanted?) a larger handplane than the crappy little #4 cheap chinese casting I have (Hock blade and breaker though, just a cheap casting). So I looked around and looked on eBay and after talking with a member of the KC Woodworker’s Guild at the recent WoodShow in KC I decided, “make it”. :) I ordered a 1-3/4 blade and breaker from Hock tools, got the small ones they sell for Krenov style planes, so it is much shorter and without the hole for a lateral adjuster.

Then I started to sort through the pile of exotics I’ve sniped off eBay. Gotten some pretty good deals on pieces around 30”. I had a hunk of 6/4 sapele that I decided would make a nice body and a much smaller piece of caribbean rosewood that might make a good sole. While neither piece is ideal, the rosewood can be chippy for example I decided to go ahead. I would resaw both and glue back to get the grain running as close to vertical through the plane body as I could.

All that said, I’m pretty happy with the result. I finished the shaping of the body (which I may rework just a little more but I want to use it first) And after more playing around I will likely remake the wedge, the shape on this one is very “plane” and it would be fun to have something a little more curvey.

I do like the way the sapele worked and it looks very nice and feels good in my hand. The rosewood has already started to take on a “polish” after some practice planing on scraps of pine, poplar and even some white oak.

Fun to tippy-tap on the plane body to adjust the blade. :)

Oh, and I did work from plans of a sort. There are lots of examples out there on the web. Google’d for “hand plane plans”. After reading several, I made some notes and just went after it. Made something that seems the right proportions for me.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#1 posted 02-21-2009 06:17 PM

Looks awesome. I always wanted to make a plane.

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#2 posted 02-21-2009 06:48 PM

This is a terrific project… it looks great. I may try and build one or two this year. Great Job on this!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#3 posted 02-21-2009 11:42 PM

The most cherished tools are always the ones you make yourself. Who knows, perhaps your great great grandson/daughter will be planing down boards with this very plane… looks good, nice job.

-- Turning perfectly good wood into sawdust and kindling since 1990.

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#4 posted 02-23-2009 12:53 AM

Oh, I’d love to make one of these. Inspiring to me anyway. Thanks for posting. Nice job and thanks for the thoughts to let us know what difficulties you have and then what you’d alter. It really helps.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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