High angle smoother

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Project by lumberjoe posted 04-17-2015 06:06 PM 2553 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The good thing about making your own planes is you can make task specific ones and not worry about wasting a lot of money. This is a9 1/2” long razee style smoother made from Ash with a 55 degree bed angle. It’s the hand plane equivalent of 400 grit sandpaper. It’s difficult to push, but I use it to get a piece of wood finish ready. It’s not a general use plane.

It works so well that when I was testing it out and tuning the wedge, I couldn’t tell if I was planing a piece with the grain or against the grain. I spent a lot of time making sure the mouth was as tight as humanly possible. With a razor sharp hock iron, the surface is flawless.

Thanks again to Shipwright for the marquetry initials. It really takes my planes to the next level.

If you are interested in my build process, an album of images can be found here


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#1 posted 04-17-2015 06:14 PM

Real nice! How does the Ash hold up on the sole, is it hard enough? Ash is such a nice wood to work with.
Really like the push handle, I have been thinking of making a Low angle version just wondering if the wedge
would hold against the more direct pressure.

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#2 posted 04-17-2015 06:22 PM

I’ve made about 2 dozen planes now. Ash is my favorite wood to use, and I am replacing all planes made with other species with Ash. It holds up well, and responds really well to mallet taps to advance/back off the iron


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#3 posted 04-17-2015 08:10 PM

Great looking planes! Like the razee style planes as well. The use of ash looks great- nothing fancy, just eficient, simple and beatutifull.
Super thorough image gallery of the build should make anyone interested in folowing along.
Would you perhaps care to share some general measurements?

Great work.

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#4 posted 04-17-2015 10:24 PM

very nice work

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#5 posted 04-17-2015 11:39 PM

Nice plane(s) Joe.
I think you take your planes to the next level.

I really like the striking pin. I used them on my last set. They go a long way to preserving the pristine appearance of the tail end of the body. :-)

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#6 posted 04-18-2015 08:45 AM

Very nice Joe, tote looks great too!

-- Luke,

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#7 posted 04-18-2015 10:32 AM

Very very nice. Makes me want to try plane making.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#8 posted 04-18-2015 06:13 PM

Fine looking plane, looks like their going to be workhorses.

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#9 posted 07-16-2015 06:30 PM

Very nice planes and excellent work

-- Bert

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