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Project by SpaceAgePlane posted 05-27-2017 10:31 PM 1916 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Guys,

I just wanted to take a second and upload a few pics of some planes that I shipped out to customers last week(one being a fellow LJ). I do this because I love it and I wanted to share some feedback that came from a really good customer who has bought multiple items from me now.

Email from customer: Anyway, the planes are pretty awesome. You are too kind adding the smoother. The only problem with your smoother is that its quite a bit nicer than my Brese plane of similar construction. I’m not sure what i’m going to do¬†with my Brese anymore. I used the smoother first as you suggested on some walnut and it was easy to adjust and makes some whispy shavings in a matter of seconds.

The chariot plane is excellent. It has a perfect heft and balance to it. The polished edges are a great touch and the bronze is perfect. I look forward to using it in the near future.

The miter is probably my favorite. I’m not sure what trouble you had w/the ebony, but its gorgeous. The mouth is insanely tight, and it cuts beautifully. I make boxes to hold flies for fly fishing, and this will be my new go-to plane for cutting my miters.

I guess I should add a few things so this makes sense….. 1st. The 3 planes on the right were all to the same guy, he also has some of my saws. He has bought numerous things from me and I’m proud to say that I have a new friend out of the deal. The smoothing plane I sent him was a Demo plane that I used for classes and shows. I give away 2 demo planes every couple of months, for more info read the bottom paragraph. 2nd. The Ebony issue he refers to was due to me dimensioning some stock before it was completely dry. I had to cut the wood out of the plane and start over due to cracking(it was supposed to be dry). Lesson learned!

Anyway, If you’ve ever been on my site and read my blog, you know that I have a huge amount of respect for Custom Tool Makers. Holtey and Carter have both helped me through my short journey and have inspired me to work at my absolute best. Bill Carter was the first person to ever see my first infill plane and I asked him to critique it. It was a wonderful, yet humbling experience! I say these things because my customer mentioned Ron Brese and compared my plane to his. This was quite possibly one of the best things I’ve ever heard. I have soooo much respect for Brese and his work is without a doubt, top-notch. His handled smoothers are sexy to a degree which I’m ashamed to admit and he has been a point of inspiration since I started in this game. It was a wonderful thing to hear and I feel like I’ve reached a level that I have been striving for and will keep working to be better every day.

So with that said, please check out my site and be sure to read my blog as well! If you’re interested in getting one of my Demo Planes, this is how it works; I give away 2 every 2 months or so. This is strictly to get my name out there. These planes will be used or at least handled by myself, people at shows, or students in classes. It’s first come, first serve. Usually they will be smoothing planes or small mitre planes(my two best sellers). The only charge will be the shipping, which is to be paid once the plane is in the mail to you, I will send a receipt for the shipping costs(about $20). The plane is yours to keep forever, the only thing I ask is that you show it off(of course you will!!) to our fellow Lj’s and if you have a blog or site, a small review would be nice, but certainly not necessary. If you’d like one, I have a mitre available right now, send me a message and we can go from there! Thanks for looking!

-- Paul @ Space Age Plane Co.

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#1 posted 05-28-2017 12:37 AM

Beautiful planes…

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#2 posted 05-28-2017 01:27 AM

Beautiful to look at and is sounds like they work well too. Nice.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 05-28-2017 02:37 AM

You do incredible work, amazing. Do you dovetail the sides to the sole? I’ve been thinking of trying to make one of these soon.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#4 posted 05-28-2017 09:47 AM

Thanks for the compliments, guys. To answer Allens question, I do not dovetail the bodies together. I use a semi-integrated-rivet system, similar to Karl Holtey’s premium planes. I machine all of my own rivets one at a time. Though it seems like this would save time over dovetails, it actually takes a bit longer in my experience. I like building the bodies this way for a few reasons; first, it allows me to keep the plane parts perfectly square during assembly. Second, there are no joints on or around the mouth, so once it’s square, I can be certain that it will stay that way without any gaps from start to finish. Third, the bodies are held together with anywhere from 16-36 rivets, which not only provide a mechanical hold, but also are held in place through peining the heads into countersunk holes. Yes, traditional double dovetails look great, but even Holtey says the rivets are stronger. Finally, without having dovetails on the sides of the sole, I’m able to work the infills from numerous angles throughout the assembly process, which allows me to assemble the plane as a whole in the last step, all while knowing everything is going to fit together seamlessly. If you want to build one, I would advise you to try your hand at the double dovetails first. This will teach you how to form a square mouth and body in the beginning and it will show you how to pein metal to make hidden joints. Take your time with it. When you feel your work starting to get sloppy, stop for the day. Make it a long process and have fun!

-- Paul @ Space Age Plane Co.

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#5 posted 05-28-2017 01:00 PM

Man…... One day…... :)

Do you ship to Australia? Lovely stuff.

-- Part time woodworker, hoping to make it full time

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#6 posted 05-28-2017 01:18 PM

Those are beautiful planes that you make. Very nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 05-28-2017 01:52 PM

Beautiful planes Paul.

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#8 posted 05-28-2017 02:58 PM

I can’t come up with any words to describe the beauty of your work! Maybe I can sell my Harley to purchase a low angle block plane from you. Outstanding job!

-- You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven - Jimi Hendrix

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#9 posted 05-28-2017 03:07 PM

Great looking craftsmanship.

-- Gary, Florida

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#10 posted 05-28-2017 03:26 PM


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

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#11 posted 05-28-2017 08:52 PM

Thanks, guys! I try not to ship outside N. America, but do on occasion. Duff, you should check out my website, one thing I refuse to do is charge astronomical prices for my planes. I make an heirloom quality tool that pretty much anyone can afford. My most expensive planes are about 1/4 the price of other makers and will work just as good as theirs. I use the best certified tool steel and bronze, but I buy my materials in bulk which helps with the price significantly. I don’t have any super expensive machinery to pay for and my overhead is supported by other ventures. Just look at my site, you’ll be impressed!

-- Paul @ Space Age Plane Co.

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#12 posted 05-29-2017 02:21 AM

I did check your site Paul. I did that right after commenting on your works of art and drooled all over my iPad!

-- You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven - Jimi Hendrix

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#13 posted 06-04-2017 04:10 AM

Beautiful planes Paul. I am a great fan of hand tools.

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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