Plane making project #2. A small smoother for my friends son

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Project by TheTurtleCarpenter posted 10-17-2016 10:25 PM 3919 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

. This is for a friend’s son and he can learn to adjust and tweak an old type wood plane for his experience. It also gives me another project to learn for myself in what features I like and what doesnt actually work in the way of making planes. I drew a small sketch up and felt I would keep it simple in assembleing it in parts instead of morticeing the blade bed &mouth out of a solid block of wood. I am still learning and this plane would give me some practice morticeing the sides and making and fitting the wedge. The blade is 1 3/4” and was cut down in length and a brass plug inserted and peened to stableize the remaining slot and came from a donor plane that wasn’t in very good shape, the rest was made of walnut and an Old beech jointer plane that was missing its iron and the sides were veneered with some figured walnut. One lesson learned was workholding. I found that using an old 12” wood parallel clamp could position my work in alot of useful angles and I took it a step further later by fastening a 2 1/2×8” octangle shaft onto the jaw so I could rotate it at 6 additional angles as it was held in my bench vise.

Thanks for looking, All the Best, jeff

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle"

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#1 posted 10-17-2016 10:37 PM

That’s a beauty!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#2 posted 10-18-2016 12:38 AM

Pretty cool. I have to start making planes. Looks like fun.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#3 posted 10-18-2016 01:40 AM

A beautiful tool. Great job!

-- AJ

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#4 posted 10-18-2016 03:10 AM

Sure looks comfortable to use, good job Turtle!

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#5 posted 10-18-2016 03:20 AM

Beautiful Plane! Sure glad I subscribe to Krenov’s theory, make them to use, don’t worry too much about what they look like as long as it works and is comfortable on your hands.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#7 posted 10-18-2016 07:46 AM

Very nice!
Your side mortices look fine. Great shape, too.
What a great gift!

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

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#8 posted 10-18-2016 08:14 AM

Looks realy wonderfull, beautiful design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 10-18-2016 11:03 AM

A real looker, Jeff! Curly walnut. Mmmmm. Seems you may have enough of that Buck Bros blade to make a spoke shave.

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 10-18-2016 04:31 PM

Thanks for the comments !

Don, you should

Andre, I need to buy krenov’s book,,and a few more

Terry, I made some sandpaper floats which really helped and then fit the wedge with a feeler gauge

wahoo, It is comfortable, had to cut off the handle shape from the original design as it forced the web of the hand too low. The knob worked out pretty good and is in line with the blade which gave it a better feel.

Candy, I thought about cutting that logo out and morticeing it on the wedge

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle"

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#11 posted 10-19-2016 02:24 AM

That’s a beauty! I have a laminated wooden jointer that I started and put on the back burner. I think you have inspired me to finish it. I hope it comes out as well as yours. You did a great job. I would like to see some pics of you using it to make shavings. ;-)

-- No man is an island but some of us like being a peninsula.

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#12 posted 10-19-2016 03:00 AM

That’s a beauty Turtle! One question, what are the reliefs at the top inside edge of the cheeks?

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#13 posted 10-19-2016 04:22 AM

Thanks for the comments guys !

Duck, My take on those bevels are one decorations, and two for when you have to pull shavings from the mouth especially on planes with tall sides, the bevels give you more better access to clean out the mouth.

Bryan,,,,,, Get er Done, its fun figureing how to step it out.

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle"

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#14 posted 10-23-2016 12:49 PM

Turtle, Just getting caught up after being out of town. Looks great, A man of many talents.

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#15 posted 10-24-2016 08:32 PM

I think thats incredible!

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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