Restored Japanese Machine Plow Plane

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Project by Lemongrasspicker posted 08-22-2017 02:27 PM 3445 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you prefer not to read, the video is here

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If you want a more detailed explanation you can check out my blog entry on this tool as well.

These planes are some of the more complex planes in the traditional Japanese woodworking arena. There are quite a few parts but I was fascinated by them from the beginning of my dive into the world of woodworking.

I had read about them and seen drawings in Odate’s work on both Shoji and his great book on traditional tools. The history as well as the complexity of them really piqued my interest.
I hadn’t seen much about these tools online apart from a few for sale at various places. I don’t know why this is but I decided to explore it for myself and see what they were about. I had found a few for sale at some Japanese tool supplies but the price tag was often fairly steep for a man like myself who lives on a tight budget.

I purchased one off of ebay that was in decent shape but it had been sitting around for quite some time. The screws absolutely refused to budge so it took a drastic act to get this old tool back into shape. Making a new panel for the front was the biggest part of this. About an hour of tuning, tapping and filing is what it took to get it to take a decent cut. The curls it makes are consistent but a bit thick (more tuning is needed).

I have some projects in mind that I want to use it for, perhaps a Shoji door or two? We’ll see.

Anyways, fun little project and it was really great to make an old tool new again. Thanks for reading/watching!


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#1 posted 08-22-2017 03:06 PM

This is a beautiful restoration job.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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Scott Oldre

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#2 posted 08-23-2017 12:59 PM

That’s just cool looking. Where does one find such a tool in the wild?

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#3 posted 08-27-2017 07:25 PM

That s just cool looking. Where does one find such a tool in the wild?

- Scott Oldre

Thanks Scott, honestly you just have to peruse eBay alot and follow alot of different sellers. They come up on occasion, sometimes really cheap, sometimes not so much.


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#4 posted 08-29-2017 03:35 PM

Nice work.

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

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#5 posted 04-23-2018 01:07 AM

Nice job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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