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Here is my entry for the most recent Tool Swap; a rounded smoother made from Wenge, Maple, and Honduran Rosewood.

I wanted a sexy shape reminiscent of automobiles dating from the 1930’s and 40’s, and actually tamed down the final profile from my original plan. I just hope this plane isn’t too radical for my recipient, Waho! At the least, the Hock A2 iron should be good for other projects. :)

Specs:
length: 9 1/2”
width: about 2”
bedding angle: 45*

Build photos:
Sizing the plane’s blank to fit the iron…

Cutting and perfecting the bedding/chip ejecting angles…

Mortising for the chip breaker screw…

Final glue-up…

I also turned an adjusting mallet from Maple and H.Rosewood to match the smoother. Although the head only weighs 1.5 oz, this mallet gave great results when fettling the plane in my shop. It also dented the wood body less than a brass equivalent!

Comments and suggestions are always welcomed.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...





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Don W

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#1 posted 08-06-2015 02:22 PM

Excellent. When you use the words sexy and radical to describe a hand plane, you know its going to be good!

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 08-06-2015 02:23 PM

Stunning Terry! Love the desire for ‘30s auto lines, it resulted in a wonderful look. You do amazing work.

-- ~Tony

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terryR

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#3 posted 08-06-2015 02:27 PM

Thanks, guys!
Don, it’s also a Type1!
:)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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waho6o9

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#4 posted 08-06-2015 03:15 PM

Thank you for the awesome plane terryR it’s as fine as it looks.

The mallet is effective and the blade is wicked sharp.

:)

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CL810

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#5 posted 08-06-2015 03:18 PM

Terry, that is mighty fine! Great wood selection and craftsmanship.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#6 posted 08-06-2015 03:34 PM

Nice racing stripes!

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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Mark Kornell

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#7 posted 08-06-2015 03:49 PM

Very nice looking plane, Terry.

But… Need. More. Pictures!

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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woodcox

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#8 posted 08-06-2015 03:55 PM

Fine work Terry. I love the build pics. Wenge added a beautiful contrast.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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August McCormick Lehman III

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#9 posted 08-06-2015 05:22 PM

TerryR you always make products men almost loosen like a store bought.
Very nice job someday I wish I can be or do something like that very nice

-- https://photos.google.com/b/114897950873317692653/

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#10 posted 08-06-2015 05:41 PM

Thanks again, ya’ll.
Waho, I hope it makes great shavings for years!

More photos?

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#11 posted 08-06-2015 05:42 PM

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#12 posted 08-06-2015 06:34 PM

Wow, very nice combo Terry.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#13 posted 08-06-2015 06:41 PM

That’s an old school cruising plane. I love it. Low and slow.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#14 posted 08-06-2015 10:56 PM

Wow, I’m impressed you sawed the bed angle by hand. The plane shape and wood choices look great.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#15 posted 08-06-2015 11:08 PM

I like all the laminations in the body. That plane is a beauty.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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