Romano/german jointer

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Project by kiwi1969 posted 10-28-2009 11:41 PM 3535 views 11 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At last ,it,s only taken a year but i,m finally making some handplanes. This jointer took about 7 hours start to finish and it,s not as hard as it looks but it,s more difficult than it sounds. I chopped it out of laminated 3×3x28 Gmelina that I had left over and if I had done it the krenov way it would certainly have been simpler but I did this one the old fashioned way. Chopping out the mouth/throat/ frog area from solid was actually not that hard until you get to the slot for the wedge and the 45degree slope for the iron, then it takes a firm grip on a sharp chisel and a fair amount of faith as one slip would have ruined the block. The rest of it was cut out with a bowsaw, rasps and chisels with a bit of chip carving just for decoration. The hardest part actually is forming the wedge itself. If it is not a neat perfect fit it won,t hold the iron firmly enough The iron and chipbreaker are from my stanley jack as these are commonly available here even if they aren,t the best. In use I found the mouth clogged until I reshaped the wedge a little and setting the irons depth is an exercise in frustration, just when you think you have it, the last tap of the wedge changes the setting, more practice is needed. And it,s noticably lighter than my iron jack so you need to stand over the plane more to keep it in firm contact with the job, a lower bench is good for this. Next projects are a similiar stlyed jack plus a scrub and a smoother. Thanks to yorkshire stewart, sydney Barnsley and roy underhill for the inspiration

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#1 posted 10-28-2009 11:47 PM

Looks great thats one super plane very well done.

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#2 posted 10-29-2009 12:03 AM

That’s one very cool tool for sure. Well done.


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#3 posted 10-29-2009 12:21 AM

Simply Beautiful.

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#4 posted 10-29-2009 01:14 AM

Nice looking plane Kiwi, I look forward to see the others you plan on making

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#5 posted 10-29-2009 01:15 AM

Cool looking plane!

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#6 posted 10-29-2009 02:42 AM

Very nice love the carvings…

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#7 posted 10-29-2009 04:01 AM

Awesome plane!

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#8 posted 10-29-2009 06:14 AM

Great looking plane, love the carving.

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#9 posted 10-29-2009 11:14 AM

Sweet job all round.

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#10 posted 10-29-2009 01:28 PM

Awesome! Check out the article by the Norse Wood smith, its got some great information on building these type planes from scratch! Great job! Awesome jointer!

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#11 posted 10-30-2009 11:58 PM

WOW! The chip carving really sets that off very nicely! The perfect touch of enhancement. Well Done!!

-- Greg H.-Chaseburg, WI.

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#12 posted 10-31-2009 11:43 AM

Good job Kiwi!

But wouldn’t you say that Gmelina is too soft for such a use?


-- "Real jocks do it on a bench"

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#13 posted 10-31-2009 02:18 PM

Jerry I always check that site. Great resource for anyone wanting to make planes and also saws.

Manilaboy yeah it may prove too soft in the long term, i,ve scratched it up already, so i,m considering laminating some molave to the sole when i can get some.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#14 posted 11-02-2009 06:44 AM

The Norse Woodsmith link above did not work. Found this one for the site…

How are you finding the performance of the plane?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#15 posted 11-03-2009 01:03 AM

Very nice!

I’ve seen some second-hand wood stores selling wood salvaged from old houses; a hand plane would be a really nice way for some antique lumber to end up.

-- I still have all ten thumbs

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