Ash Hand Plane

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Project by cFurnitureGuy posted 06-02-2010 03:41 AM 4424 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at making a wooden hand plane. It isnt anything fancy by any means! i made this one kind of basic just so that i could see if i understood the process of making wooden hand planes.
i have a bunch of 8/4 ash so i cut out a blank and milled it up! the plane iron is from David Finch. i know alot of people use Hock irons but i wanted to try the DF irons and see how good they are… and i must say, these irons and chipbreakers are awesome! thick, solid and easy to sharpen! plus i like the black finish he puts on his irons (cheesy i know)! I know i have more sharpening to do to the iron so dont look too close!!! i couldnt wait to try it!!

like i said this was just a study/ practice plane…. now that i know i can make a plane that cuts smooth ribbons of wood i am going to make a bunch more! its addicting!

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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#1 posted 06-02-2010 03:54 AM

Looks good! I like how you shaped the butt of the plane. On the ones I made, they are more squarish, which is probably ok if you have huge hands. I definitely agree with you on the addictive nature of these projects. I made a whole set of bubinga ones and I still want to make more, though I have no space for what I have already. Ah, the problems of woodworking!

Just out of curiosity, what is the price comparison of the DF blade to the hock? Don’t feel bad about liking the finish on the blade. IMHO, vanity is half of woodworking.

Keep up the good work!

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#2 posted 06-02-2010 03:54 AM

Sounds like fun and looks good look forward to the rest of them soon to come.


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#3 posted 06-02-2010 04:05 AM

Very nice, it looks like it would be quite comfortable to use.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#4 posted 06-02-2010 04:21 AM

thanks guys! i wasnt going too crazy on design but i stopped shaping where it was comfortable in my hands.
price wise here is the comparison
Blade Width Price
1 ½” $55.00
1 ¾” $56.00
2” $58.00

1” wide $40.00
1 1/4” $42.00
1 1/2” $46.00
1 3/4” $50.00
2” $52.00

you can see there is a slight difference but i am guessing that is because the DF irons are made on limited runs and not really mass produced.

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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#5 posted 06-02-2010 06:22 AM

Well it appears you studies it very well, great job

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 06-02-2010 07:35 AM

Looks like a sweet little hot rod of plane. Nice job!


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#7 posted 06-02-2010 05:22 PM

Really Nice! I bought David Finch’s book while I was in Afghanistan and bought a couple of things in preparation to make these kinds of planes also. Did you have any difficulties? I am guessing you followed his instructions. Were they accurate once you got to work on the plane?

The mouth looks really tight, nice job. And the sides lined up really well with the inside of the body. From the pictures, I cannot tell they are separate pieces. Great Job!

-- Mike

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#8 posted 06-02-2010 06:44 PM

paratrooper34 i did buy David Finck’s book as well… and followed the steps in the book! they were pretty easy to follow and he explained everything along the way. the mouth did come out really tight! when i glued it up, i made the mouth smaller than was stated in the book just as a safety precaution… it took a little extra time to file the mouth but that was better than having to start over! you can subtract wood but you cant put it back ;)
and i didnt want to have to start over!!
thanks guys!

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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#9 posted 06-02-2010 07:51 PM

So nice

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

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#10 posted 06-02-2010 10:55 PM

I like…. simple,functional,beautiful. I am sure it works a treat. You guys are lucky that you can just buy blades over the counter..and you have choice on top of it! Down here we have to make do with blades we find in old busted up planes in junk shops. Still, if you know how to look…I’ve found some excellent English blades that way. I’ve even made small planes using old joinerknives…works amazingly well. Also made a rabbett plane using old spade bit for blade..keeps an edge better than expected. It is posted as “Purple heart rabbit plane”.
Good luck with the next generation…enjoy!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#11 posted 06-06-2010 05:06 AM

I just googled David Finch and didn’t find anything other than some comic book thing. Can you buy the blades online?

-- Mike, Western New York

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#12 posted 06-08-2010 04:47 PM

Sorry… i mistyped his name! its David Finck.. here is the link to his site. you can buy them directly from there. as far as i know that the only place you can order them.

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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