Made me a smoothing plane...

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Project by RichClark posted 05-04-2010 03:31 AM 2781 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a very few of really good planes (send me the ones you don’t use!)

And I cant afford the really nice ones allot So I bought a book —“Making and Mastering Wood Planes” by David Finck. When I bought the book I ordered a Blade and chip breaker from his online store..

I got it about 90% done and couldn’t make the tiny pin to my satisfaction (I Saved up and bought a lathe and it took me like 1.5 minutes to make it!)...

Anyway this is an Osage Orange First attempt at making one. It started its life as a 12/4×14” Bit of Fire wood and after truing it up and then following the book it turned out a very finely adjustable wonderful end as you see it..

A 12.5” Smoothing Plane… that cuts really well!

I was so happy to try this and as long as I keep they same dimensions I can make as many planes as I need using the same Irons… So Next up is a Jack plane (if I can find the wood!) If not maybe I buy it..



-- Duct Tape is the Force! It has a light side and a dark side and it Binds the Universe together!

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#1 posted 05-04-2010 04:17 AM

This looks great,

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#2 posted 05-04-2010 06:58 AM

Nice shape choice, looks great!

-- Will in Boulder, CO

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#3 posted 05-04-2010 12:33 PM

very fine first plane. Now you can make any plane you want to. If you can’t find big enough stock, lay some up. I’ve done it many times and you can use complimentary woods and it will look great.

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#4 posted 05-04-2010 12:50 PM

It looks great, very nicely done. I have been wanting to make a few planes myself because I am in the same boat as you are. Do you recommend the book? I can’t quite tell from the photo, is it laminated from three pieces?

-- Mike, Western New York

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#5 posted 05-04-2010 03:10 PM

Your plane looks terrific and that shaving shows its proof of ability. Great job on that. I’ve thought about trying this sometime. Thanks for recommending that book. Heres a link to the book on Amazon for those interested like I am.
Making and Mastering Wood Planes

Hmm I have a birthday coming….

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#6 posted 05-04-2010 03:31 PM

great work, i have to get that book and try my hand at making a plane just to add to my collection it most likely sit on my shelf where my other one sits just for show but it works very well.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#7 posted 05-04-2010 03:35 PM

Beautiful plane! I still haven’t finished my first one and when do it probably won’t look nearly as good as yours!

Mike: The book is nice if you’re just starting out. It has all the information you need in one place. Finck also posted a few videos to YouTube to go along with it. But basically all the information is already available on the internet if you look for it. The book goes into great detail on sharpening, and I found that not to be what I was hoping to get out of it. I was also a little disappointed that he didn’t really seem explore different frog angles and he only mentions rabbit,molding, and plough planes, but not how to make them.
So it’s really up to what specific info you’re looking for. If you already have a good idea of how to make a plane you may be fine without buying the book. If you are clueless but would like to start building some, it is a good solid start.

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#8 posted 05-04-2010 04:07 PM

Recently I was in North Carolina and spent two days with David Finck making a plane. I was a really great experience for me. The plane turned out to be my goto tool when I need the finest of shavings.

Nice work on your plane.

-- Measure twice, cut once, buy extra stock.

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#9 posted 05-04-2010 04:27 PM

Nice plane Richie.
Man, I’ve seen a lot of cool things on the site recently that I’ve put om my “to do” list.
I am going to be an awful busy fella.
A plane like yours’ ranks right up near the top.

And, I’m poorer then all of you put together, so I just requested the book from my library.
They let you keep it out five weeks all together. That should be long enough.

Thanks for sharing your talent.

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#10 posted 05-04-2010 05:01 PM

nice plane, I don’t want to make one of these – for fear I will never stop…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#11 posted 05-04-2010 06:13 PM

Great looking plane. I like the way you left the back, shows character. You’ll love the way Osage Orange turns a medium brown w/ age & handling. I have used the same book.

GREAT WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!



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#12 posted 05-04-2010 11:15 PM

Yeah david finck is super nice and emails you right back. Nice plane. @ 12 inches wouldn’t that be your jack?

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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#13 posted 05-05-2010 03:40 AM

Thanks, Everyone!

Barry: It really is my smoother.. Yea a bit long but If you REALLY follow the directions (DONT jump ahead of the book!) in the very end your using a file to barely open the mouth. When the blade is set its within a few Thou of the front of the mouth and takes fluffyness when you push it..

Eric: He has a section on making your own irons and chip breakers… really making one on the cheap… The sharpening was a bit long winded but it explains the bed angles and such and why.

Ole: It will be fine.. The hardest part for me was the stupid pin… My Vision is not so great.

Again thanks for your nice comments… If you have any questions feel free to ping me..


-- Duct Tape is the Force! It has a light side and a dark side and it Binds the Universe together!

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#14 posted 05-06-2010 04:48 PM

Nicely done plane. I have this on my todo list but haven’t had time to read the book yet.

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#15 posted 03-14-2011 06:01 PM

Nice looking plane. I wish the plane I made had turned out as nice as yours. Just an FYI, if you don’t have a lathe you can use a brass bar for the pin. Similar to what David Marks used during his “European Hand Plane” episode



-- Luis

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