Ipe and Maple Smoothing Plane with Norris Style Adjuster

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Project by cicerojoe posted 01-29-2017 08:44 PM 2989 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this plane is made out of Ipe and rock maple. It is a smoother. The iron is 1 5/8 and is the new Veritas PM-V11 steel. The steel takes and keeps an edge. It is probably some of the finest steel in the world. I am very happy with the way the Ipe took a Boiled Linseed Oil Finish. The sole was sanded flat and left unfinished. I plan to put a wax finish on it.

-- John from the Cherry Valley Studio in NY

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#1 posted 01-29-2017 09:48 PM

Very nice plane

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#2 posted 01-30-2017 12:53 AM

Lovely plane, less is more.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 01-30-2017 02:12 AM

Wow. Really nice plane.

-- AJ

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#4 posted 01-30-2017 02:49 AM

Thanks! I put a lot of thought the design.

-- John from the Cherry Valley Studio in NY

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#5 posted 01-30-2017 07:56 AM


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#6 posted 01-30-2017 05:00 PM

This is a beautiful plane and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 01-31-2017 01:26 AM

Looks a beautiful as it is functional. I refurbish and repair a lot of hand planes. Now I think I’ll try my hand a making one. Thank you for sharing your craftsmanship with us.

-- SFC Retired, Fate Texas

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#8 posted 01-31-2017 06:20 AM

Now I think I ll try my hand a making one.

You should definitely give making one a shot.

-- John from the Cherry Valley Studio in NY

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#9 posted 02-09-2017 05:13 AM

Nice plane.

How does the Norris Style Adjuster work?

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#10 posted 02-09-2017 09:23 PM

The adjuster is fantastic. I have no complaints about it.

-- John from the Cherry Valley Studio in NY

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#11 posted 02-09-2017 10:59 PM

About the Norris Style adjusters. These do lateral and depth adjustments.

The one on this plane is a “fast adjust.” What this means in non-technical terms is that the depth adjustment is very sensitive. So, if you want to increase the depth of cut by 1/32 you only need to turn the adjuster about barely at all. Maybe two milimeters to the left or right. I really like it but for many people this is too sensitive, especially coming from a bailey style adjuster on the Stanley metal planes. So there is also a “slow adjuster” with different threads. I just finished a similar plane with a slow adjuster. It it still more sensitive than a Bailey depth adjuster, but it is more reasonable than the fast adjusting ones. For example you can turn it a quarter or half turn to adjust the depth. So it is probably a little easier to use.

The lateral adjustment is great on this plane, but a lot of that has to do with how the wooden cap is fitted. What I mean is that if the cap fits well, it kind of “locks” the blade in place. So there is no need to do large lateral adjustments.

I just finished a very similar plane with a slow adjuster which has a neodymium magnet in it. The plane I posted in this project here (the one with the fast adjuster) also does not have the magnet. I don’t really have any thoughts on the magnet yet. as far as the plane’s performance. But It is nice that is holds everything in place when you take the blade out to sharpen.

If anyone is interested in getting a plane from me, PM me.

-- John from the Cherry Valley Studio in NY

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