First Hand Plane

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Project by Blake posted 03-09-2009 09:58 PM 5263 views 9 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first shop-made hand plane, based on various books by James Krenov. Made form a block of Koa, which I bought on our honeymoon in Kauai, Hawaii two and a half years ago. I’ve been saving it for a special project, which I knew I would keep for myself.

All the shaping was finished by hand and tool marks left on the surface for grip as well as aesthetics. Protected with boiled linseed oil and wax. Two-inch blade.

I love how this plane feels when using it. But the best part is how easy it is to adjust. To lower the blade you give it a gentle tap on the back of the iron with a light hammer. To raise the blade, you tap on the back of the plane body and then once on the wedge to tighten it up. I am so tired of the nail-busting adjustment knob on block planes. This plane makes it so easy and quick to make micro adjustments.

Check out the blog HERE which follows the building process.

-- Happy woodworking!

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 03-09-2009 10:08 PM

I love the organic visual appeal of the handplane.

I am amazed at how my Shea handplane glides on the surface of wood. This is a characteristic of wooden handplanes that I was previously unaware of.

I am sure that you will love using this plane. I know I would!

Great work as always.

P.S. I have been showing off your leaf box to friends and family more this week. It is a hit.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Bill Akins

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#2 posted 03-09-2009 10:36 PM

That is so cool. I have been wanting to make one too. I’ll have to find that book.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#3 posted 03-09-2009 10:38 PM

Blake, let me get this straight. You’re on your honeymoon,,,,,,, and your shopping for lumber!!!!! thats how you know you’ve got it bad. very nice plane.

-- It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

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#4 posted 03-09-2009 10:52 PM


-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

View Blake's profile


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#5 posted 03-09-2009 10:56 PM

Ryno… yea, I had to get a souvenir. You can’t go to Hawaii and not bring back some Koa.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 03-09-2009 11:21 PM

Blake a great project. A nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 03-09-2009 11:35 PM

A Krenov plane, I like it!

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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Scott Bryan

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#8 posted 03-10-2009 12:15 AM

Blake, this is a really nice plane that not only looks good but will be a valuable addition to your hand tool collection. This is also a nice start on your personal line of planes as well. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 03-10-2009 12:32 AM

very nice. I like all the little facets that say “I was hand hewn”.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#10 posted 03-10-2009 12:57 AM

Just looking at this I thought Krenovain right off the bat. As we all know his eye sight is failing and the only thing he makes now are hand planes. All of his planes are basically made by feel now. They are still very impressive as is yours! James would be very proud of your work!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#11 posted 03-10-2009 03:24 AM

Blakee thats a nice plane.

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#12 posted 03-10-2009 05:34 AM

I second the “I was hand hewn” comment, thats what first stuck out to me also. Good man

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#13 posted 03-10-2009 06:29 AM

Very Nice!
Enjoy using it now.
I can’t wait to make one.

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Edward E Nock II

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#14 posted 03-10-2009 04:57 PM

Blake…...I see you had other thing on your mind during your HM. I too have followed J K’s ideas in making wooden planes. What a joy it to work w/ something you have made.



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#15 posted 03-10-2009 10:47 PM

one of they days.
home made tool. right on !!!!!!!

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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