This is all your fault

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Project by Daren Nelson posted 11-04-2007 01:31 AM 7114 views 18 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I popped into LJ a very few weeks ago. I saw some amazing projects and am still going through the archives, when I have time…there seems to be a new one everyday. And I do visit every day, just to see what is new. I now have a list as long as my arm of things I just have to build I have seen here. (shower stool by Jojo is next, love the Japanese style, the story and the joinery is just cool. Already have the wood picked out Osage)
Why this little plane is you alls fault. The day I joined someone (sorry, don’t remember) posted a picture of a shop made plane. I thought “That looks like a fun little project”. The rest is history. I made one and it was fun, now I am addicted. I have made several since.
This is my latest one. I am kinda proud of it. My own design based on a Japanese style small plane. It pulls shavings as thin as rice paper. My iron angle is not as steep as the ones I have seen, but the grind on the edge makes it work well. I kept the angle low so I could use a short iron and keep the plane small in length.


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#1 posted 11-04-2007 01:45 AM

Now that’s just awesome! Really nice! I haven’t thrown my hat into the plane making ring just yet, but it may be partially your fault if I do! LOL…Thanks for posting this.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 11-04-2007 01:46 AM

Thats cool. Its nice to see people inspired to build because of this site..

-- bryano

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#3 posted 11-04-2007 01:47 AM

Beautiful and functional! I like it a lot. I bet it is a joy to use. Keep up the good work.

-- Happy woodworking!

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 11-04-2007 02:08 AM

I’ll take the blame, Daren. However, I think you’ve built a very neat tool there. I really like the color and if it worked half as good as you say it does it is still really great. Excellent work.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 11-04-2007 02:16 AM

What a stylish little plane. I like the way you dispensed with the cross-dowel. Fun!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#6 posted 11-04-2007 02:39 AM

This will come in handy. Very nice indeed.

-- All donations should be made out to me and in the form of wood or tools ~Chris

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#7 posted 11-04-2007 03:35 AM

Well, Crap. Now I want one too! I got to quit looking at this stuf….

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#8 posted 11-04-2007 03:39 AM

That is a nice colorful plane. Nice job on it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 11-04-2007 03:44 AM

Very Nice indeed!
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#10 posted 11-04-2007 03:47 AM

Now that is a nice looking plane. And, even better, it works well. You just can’t beat that! And, you had fun making it.

I know I’m going to have to make a plane one of these days!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Daren Nelson

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#11 posted 11-04-2007 04:58 AM

I don’t want to bury a project within a project, but I am not going to keep posting plane after plane as a new topic. I started with a simple box plane repro (walnut/honeylocust and good steel)
box plane
locust plane

Then I got thinking smaller/more precision. So I made a spoke shave, again superior steel, the design was on the fly but it works.

spoke shave
wood spoke shave
spoke shave

I needed a bullnose scraper…so I designed and built one

Yes I have made these all in the last couple weeks. I like good wood and good steel, 2 of my favorite things,I just very recently realized I could combine the two in a fun project/functional tool that I can use for years.

I don’t know whether to thank you guys for the inspiration…or curse you for the distraction ($ work is getting less of my time, this is not my hobby. Wood is how I feed myself) I reckon I will just thank you, I have had fun.

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#12 posted 11-04-2007 06:39 AM

What a wonderful group of planes and shaves -

I don’t think anyone of us would mind if you posted the tools you’ve made as individual projects!

Where do you buy your steel?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#13 posted 11-04-2007 08:17 AM

And we have a new plane guru amongst us :-)). The planes are beautiful and look very functional. Where are you getting the irons for them? Don’t tell me that you forge them too.

It is scary how addictive these planes can get. I don’t know why we ever went to power tools – well, yes I do, it’s quicker – though not necessarily cheaper.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Douglas Bordner

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#14 posted 11-04-2007 03:06 PM

Very inspiring, esp. the chisel plane.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#15 posted 11-04-2007 03:11 PM

What an inspiration. Now maybe I need to curse you for getting my mind whirling on making some of these. Can you give a little ‘how to’?

Thanks again,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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