Wooden skew rabbet plane build

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Project by Sonofabeech posted 11-12-2016 03:44 PM 4703 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi guys, i will share with you another plane project, it all starts on a sunday night with a glass of fine wine and a drawing:

I made the body out of hornbeam, a wood used by german and dutch plane makers its hard and wear resistant, i had a small scrap board of the stuff, the body i choose to laminated it because of the skew angle, to cut a skew mortise you need special floats and skill to do, any way laminated plane are nothing new, the french made laminated moulding planes in the 18th century, i to have a laminated jointer plane made in germany pre ww2 plane hornbeam body 65cm long still perfect no cracks.

Fitting the wedge was easy with half of the body glued:

Dimensioning the body:

Chamfering the body and carving the escapment, the design comes from two of my favorite plane makers james caleb and matt bickford if a had the cash probably i’d buy a set of planes from them.

Sanding and finishing:

Finished plane:

So the final dimensions are 240mm long 80mm tall, 26mm wide the iron is 4mm tool steel with welded mild steel tang, bed angle is 52 degrees and the skew angle is 20degrees, fun project the hardest part was getting the iron bedded lot of scraping and fitting, the blade was difficult to grind because of the angles.
My goal next is to learn how to make a plane from solide beech, first learning to cutt the mortise, my dream is to make a half set of hollow and rounds and a pair of snipes bill planes, need a lot of beech, tool steel and time and practice in the future.


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#1 posted 11-12-2016 05:34 PM

Looks good , but the rules clearly state that shavings must be displayed!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 11-12-2016 07:25 PM

You did a nice job on this shop built tool.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 11-12-2016 09:00 PM

Pretty cool plane! Nice work on it…...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Brian Gulotta

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#4 posted 11-13-2016 01:35 AM

Looks great. I just finished up a rebate plane myself a few days ago. It is working great for me so far. I am also planning on making a set of single body planes. I will be making a set of bench planes first (jointer, smoother, and jack) and then a set of hollows and rounds. I need to keep practicing the decorative chamfers on some scraps. I do fine with the long grain part but struggle trying to wrap my head around the angle of the cross grain cuts. But it turned out pretty well for my first attempt.

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#5 posted 11-13-2016 02:56 AM

Thanks guys it was fun, your right andre i forgot to make pic of the shavings, brian i am looking to make benchplanes to i have a couple of old irons waiting for a body, i do all my champers with block plane works great.

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#6 posted 11-16-2016 08:55 AM

I really like it . Looks very good.
Can you explain what is the difference between skew iron and straight, in regard to the wood you work on?


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#7 posted 11-16-2016 11:07 AM

Hi kipi, a skew iron has pros and cons, it makes a slicing cut so it leavs a better surface and cuts more easy, u can make a rabbet on endgrain with it, its harder to cut endrain with a straight iron, the con are its harder to sharpen and it tends to pull the plane into the direction off the skew making it harder to start a rabbet freehand. I have a straight and a skew rabbet plane.

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Matt Vredenburg

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#8 posted 11-17-2016 03:40 AM

That looks like an awesome project. Curious if you used floats to help you with some of the inside angles? I have a few floats which I love, but not ones specifically to make wooden planes.

-- Matt, Arizona

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#9 posted 11-17-2016 05:27 AM

Hi matt, yes i used floats to clean up the mortise, used two home made floats, first is an edge float made from unhardend toolsteel and a facefloat made from automotive bodywork file, it makes a good float, for a skew bedding you need special floats u can only clean the acceseble angles the rest u us a scraper, to bed the iron i made a scraper out two chisels u sharpen the chisels edge flat and round of the corners. I am planing on making planes from solid wood next.

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#10 posted 12-05-2016 03:36 AM

Very nicely built, and the details add to the look. Good explanation on how you built this.
Thanks for showing the process.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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